Pirelli, the exclusive tire supplier to c for the three-year period from 2011-2013, has revealed the compound nominations for the grands prix in Japan and Korea next month.
The P Zero White medium tire and P Zero Yellow soft tires will be used in Japan. For Korea, just one week later, the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red Supersoft have been nominated.
The Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit contains a wide variety of fast and medium speed corners, such as the famous Spoon Curve and 130R. This makes it ideal territory for the versatile P Zero White tire, with the P Zero Yellow tire – which has been used at every race so far this year – as the option.
Korea, inaugurated last year, is a tighter and twistier circuit with low grip. Because of this, the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tires have been nominated – the same combination used for Monaco, Canada, Hungary and Singapore.
”After careful analysis of all the data we have available, we have come up with what we believe to be the nominations that are best suited to the characteristics of each circuit,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “While Suzuka is a track that we’ve competed on before, both in GT racing and on motorbikes, Korea is a circuit that most people are still learning about. Nonetheless, we benefit from advanced simulation technology that allows us to accurately predict the likely behavior of each tire even on tracks that we have never seen before. The extra performance of the supersoft makes it one of the most dynamic tires in our range, which will form a key part of the strategy in Korea. Before then, the combination of medium and soft that will be used in Japan was last seen on our home grand prix in Italy, resulting in an extremely exciting race.”
The tire choices so far:
|P Zero Red||P Zero Yellow||P Zero White||P Zero Silver|
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