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Pirelli confirms upcoming race tyres

ESPN Staff
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The soft compound has been used at all but one round so far this season © Sutton Images
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Pirelli has announced its tyre choices for the Canadian, European and British grands prix, with a full step planned for Silverstone.

With the supersoft tyre being used for the first time this season at Monaco this weekend, Canada will see the same compound choices available with the supersoft and soft being supplied. Though also a street circuit, the European Grand Prix at Valencia will be run on the soft and medium compound tyres due to the higher speeds and expected hotter temperatures.

It is at the British Grand Prix that Pirelli has been more aggressive, with a full step between compounds. Having supplied the soft and hard tyres in Barcelona last weekend the same selection has been made for Silverstone. A Pirelli press release explained that the aim was to give as many strategic options as possible.

"Silverstone is one of the quickest circuits of the year, so the nomination of hard and soft - with a full step in between the two compounds - will showcase both the durability and performance of Pirelli's products, while opening up many different possibilities in terms of strategy."