Round 18 of 20
Mexico City, 27-29 October 2017
Pirelli will bring the same tires to Mexico City for the Mexican Grand Prix as they did for the recently completed United States Grand Prix – the P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft (which revert back to its usual color after turning pink in Austin!).
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez track, named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers, is one of the quickest tracks of the year. As has been the case a few times this season, it’s also the first time that the Pirelli ultrasoft tire has been nominated there. With the Mexican Grand Prix race having only returned to the Formula 1 season calendar two years ago, expect to see more lap records broken this weekend.
THE THREE NOMINATED TIRE COMPOUNDS
THE CIRCUIT FROM A TIRE POINT OF VIEW
• The track surface is quite smooth and slippery, reducing tire wear and degradation despite the high speeds (231mph recorded in 2016).
• Weather can be a question mark in Mexico City at this time of year: anything is possible.
• As well as fast corners, there is also a wellknown slow and technical section of the circuit in the stadium, providing an interesting mix of old and new track features for drivers.
• Most drivers went for one stop last year, including the winner, Lewis Hamilton.
• The pit lane is the longest of the year, increasing the stop time and therefore influencing strategy.
MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“In Mexico, we are maintaining our principle of bringing softer tire compounds than last year to aid increased performance and more exciting races. This is the second consecutive year that we are bringing a new tire to Mexico, as last year the supersoft tire was nominated there for the first time. Only two races have been run on the current track, so it’s not a venue that the teams are familiar with. This means there will be a learning period with the ultrasoft tire in particular during free practice”.
• The ultrasoft tire comes to Mexico City for the very first time and has proved very popular: many drivers have selected the maximum number of 10 sets.
• Following the support for Susan G.Komen® foundation in the United States, the charitable focus this weekend will be on the victims of the Mexico City earthquake earlier this year.
• Italy’s Paolo Andreucci recently clinched a remarkable 10th Italian Rally Championship title, using Pirelli tires on his Peugeot Italia 208 T16.
AUTÓDROMO HERMANOS RODRÍGUEZ MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)
|21.0 psi (front) – 19.5 psi (rear)|
EOS CAMBER LIMIT
|-3.50° (front) – -2.00° (rear)|
THE TIRES NOMINATED THIS SEASON
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