Why we have named these compounds
With the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, once again part of the Formula 1 calendar after 36 years, it is the fourth time this season that the three hardest compounds of the P Zero range have been chosen: the C1 will be P Zero White hard , the C2 will be P Zero Yellow medium and the C3 will be P Zero Red soft.
The return of the Dutch Grand Prix was originally scheduled for 2020, but has been postponed to this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the very demanding curves and the lack of significant data to refer to, the harder compounds are the most suitable choice.
Characteristics of the route
Today’s Zandvoort circuit is quite different from the one that hosted Formula 1 in 1985. In particular, turns 3 and 14 (dedicated respectively to former circuit director John Hugenholtz and Dutch driver Arie Luyendyk) have a banking of around 19 degrees. This is a banking that is more than double that of Indianapolis (which is about 9 degrees) and this means that the single-seaters will be able to tackle these corners at a much higher speed than in the past, subjecting the tires to greater stress.
Turn 14 is run at full throttle, generating forces greater than 4g, while in two other corners the braking generates forces of around 5g: entering turn 1 and turn 11. Turn 7, traveled at a speed of over 260 km / h, is another point where lateral forces of about 5g are generated. This is immediately followed by curves 8 and 9 which complete a series of three consecutive curves with high g-forces.
As expected for a circuit inaugurated in 1948, Zandvoort is an old-fashioned track, with tight, fast corners and numerous elevation changes.
One of the most famous curves is the Tarzanbocht, the first corner of the lap, which is now closer to the finish line than it was originally. The Hans Ernst Bocht instead, located at the end of the lap, has a wider output than before and therefore allows the drivers to accelerate earlier.
Zandvoort is located near a beach of sand dunes that is sometimes deposited by the wind on the track, compromising its grip: this characteristic is typical of places like Bahrain.
Mario Isola – F1 and Car Racing Manager: “The Dutch Grand Prix obviously represents one unprecedented challenge for us, but also thanks to the data provided by Formula 1 and the teams, we were able to establish a compound nomination and prescriptions in line with what should be the characteristics of this new exciting track. Being a new track, the free practice sessions will be essential to collect real data and formulate the tire strategy for the race. What is certain is that the layout of the circuit will subject the tires to demanding loads, as we have seen from the computer simulations we have carried out. This year we have already raced in Zandvoort in the GT World Challenge and this gave us some useful information“.