Pirelli, the exclusive tire supplier to Formula One from 2011-2013, has revealed the tire compound choices for the next three grands prix in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.
In Belgium, Pirelli will bring the P Zero White medium tire and the P Zero Yellow soft tire. For Pirelli’s home grand prix in Italy, the same two nominations will apply: medium and soft. At the Singapore street circuit, the teams will be supplied with the P Zero Yellow soft tire and the P Zero Red Supersoft.
The varied characteristics of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit make it ideal territory for the P Zero White medium tire, which represents a good compromise between the soft and the hard rubber. With low temperatures common, the rapid warm-up time and instant performance of the P Zero Yellow tire will be another important factor.
At Monza, the closely-matched characteristics of the medium and soft tire will give teams plenty of scope for strategy on the rapid Italian track – as could be seen on the last occasion that this combination was used, the closely-fought German Grand Prix.
Singapore, a street race run at night, will be an entirely different kind of grand prix, with circuit characteristics more akin to Canada. Consequently, the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red Supersoft tires have been chosen to generate the maximum grip within the tight confines and variable surfaces of the Singapore track.
“We’re learning more and more with every race in our first year of Formula One, and fine-tuning our compound choices to benefit from the valuable information that we are accumulating,” Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented. “We’ve got three of the most thrilling races on the entire calendar coming up, and we believe that we’ve arrived at some tire nominations that are very well-suited to the characteristics of these very different but equally exciting circuits. Of course there will always be some unknown factors – such as the weather – but the choices we have made are designed to help teams maximize both their performance and their race strategy.”
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