A variety of motorsports, including Formula One, GP2 and GP3 races, combined to form one turbo-charged weekend from May 10th to 12th in Barcelona. Pirelli, the primary supplier for all three industries, shone throughout all categories.
Pirelli’s racing manager, Mario Isola, said: “With both categories racing together for the first time it was a busy weekend for Pirelli, but we believe that we were able to give drivers from each series the ability to show the best of their skills and underline the correlation between the two feeder championships.”
P Zero Orange hard tyres and P Zero Yellow softs were featured in the GP2 series, while hard compounds were used at the GP3 race.
Different tyre compounds allowed GP2 and GP3 drivers to learn more about strategy and what it takes to qualify for the F1 series. Mr Isola complimented GP3 drivers on their adaptability and quick learning skills as they mastered new tyres ‘very quickly’.
“With Barcelona being probably the most demanding track of the year for the tyres, the drivers in both categories were faced with a very tough task but showed commendable maturity and racecraft that will stand them in good stead for Formula One.”
Abrasive surfaces, warm weather and long corners at Barcelona’s circuit put serious strain on tyres. Strategy is an essential skill for drivers, as cars are pushed to the limit at the racetrack.
Dutch driver Robin Frijns’s cited his early switch to hard tyres as the main reason for his ultimate victory at the GP2 race – proving the integral role that tyres play in racetrack performance. “Everybody knows that Barcelona is quite a hard track on the tyres… But I managed them quite well… That’s how I won.”
Under the new format for the GP3 series, which prohibits pit stops, hard compound tyres helped drivers maximise performance. In the end, Tio Ellinas came out on top. The Cypriot driver said: “Tyres were key today and now we know how to work them for the next race.”
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Posted by Danielle Barge