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The Grand Prix at Silverstone, round eight of the world championship.
Silverstone is one of the most demanding circuits for the tyres. This is because there are fast
corners, which put plenty of lateral energy through the tyres and also quite abrasive
asphalt. Pirelli will bring here the hard and the medium compounds.
But who decides the tyres that will end up on each car at each grand prix? Pirelli�s
logistics hub in Didcot is just one hour away from Silverstone.
The tyres made for each race at Izmit factory are first sent to Didcot.
Each tyre is identified by a unique bar code, provided by the International Federation.
The complete list of bar codes is sent to the FIA: world motorsports governing body.
The FIA delegate randomly assigns to the teams all the different bar codes, that means all
the different tyres.
Pirelli is not involved at all in this process, which is carried out by the federation.
Once at the circuit, the tyres are fitted on the rims � which belong to each team.
This process strictly follows the list from the FIA.
The bar code system ensures that all the drivers receive identical tyres.
Back to Silverstone. High speeds and large amounts of energy through the tyres are the
key characteristics of this circuit.
In the slower and more technical sections, there is a heavy demand on traction. This
happens particularly in the areas of combined acceleration.
Combined acceleration is when the driver is steering and accelerating at the same time
on the exit of a corner.
So the hard and medium tyre line-up is ideal for this grand prix.