Pirelli has revealed the final three tyre choices for its inaugural season as the exclusive tyre supplier to Formula One.
At the Indian Grand Prix, which takes place at the end of this month, the P Zero Yellow soft tyre will be used along with the P Zero Silver hard tyre. For the final two grands prix of the season in Abu Dhabi and Brazil, the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft compounds have been nominated.
With the brand-new Buddh circuit near Delhi in India having its first grand prix this year, the hard and the soft tyres have been nominated in order to cater for every eventuality and strategy. Initial impressions suggest that the Indian asphalt is quite abrasive with high ambient temperatures expected. The hardest tyre in Pirelli’s P Zero Formula One range is designed to cope with these extreme conditions, while the P Zero Yellow soft tyre guarantees the best possible performance.
Contrary to convention, the soft tyre has been nominated as the prime in India with the hard tyre as the option. This allows the teams to run more sets of the quicker tyres during free practice.
Pirelli already has quite a significant amount of data from Abu Dhabi, where the Formula One teams tried out the Italian P Zero tyres for the first time last year, before a final pre-season private test at the Yas Marina circuit. The combination of the medium and soft tyres, already used in five races this year including Japan, should be well adapted to the varied characteristics of the Abu Dhabi track.
The Interlagos circuit in Brazil, which will bring the season to a close in November, also contains a wide range of speeds and corners, once more making the adaptable medium and soft tyres the ideal choice.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented: “India is a big unknown for all the teams and ourselves, so we will also be taking the most durable hard tyre in order to cover every base. Abu Dhabi is much more familiar territory for us, where we know that the medium and the soft tyre will suit the circuit well. As for Interlagos, we’re aiming to end the season on a high. The combination of medium and soft rubber has given us some close racing in the past, lots of overtaking and provided some good opportunities for interesting pit stop strategies.”
The tyre choices so far:
|PZero Red||PZero Yellow||PZero White||PZero Silver|
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