Round 19 of 20
Interlagos, 10-12 November 2017
For the penultimate round of the Formula 1 season, Pirelli brings the P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tires, which marks the final appearance of the medium tire compound in 2017.
Interlagos is one of the shortest but most intense laps of the year, both in terms of physical demands and the atmosphere. There’s a succession of high-speed corners, constant changes in elevation, and a local climate that is capable of both intense heat and heavy rain. Once again, the tire nomination for Brazil is softer than it has been in the past, with the medium tire now the hardest tire compound available.
THE THREE NOMINATED TIRE COMPOUNDS
THE CIRCUIT FROM A TIRE POINT OF VIEW
• The track was resurfaced relatively recently, which has ironed out some of the famous bumps in the Interlagos circuit.
• The second-shortest track of the season (after Monaco) means cars are nearly always turning and going off-line to overtake.
• The track runs anti-clockwise, with the right-rear tire doing the most work in Brazil.
• The rapid series of corners and highenergy loads puts high demand on the tires.
• Tires are also frequently subjected to combined lateral and longitudinal forces.
• Unusually, Lewis Hamilton won last year in rainy conditions without making a race pit stop, although he did take a fresh set of wet tires under a red flag.
• In 2015, the top three finishers stopped three times.
MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“As we saw at the last round in Mexico, for Brazil we are again bringing a softer tire nomination than last year – when the hard tire was selected – so this is likely to lead to some of the fastest-ever laps at the Interlagos circuit this weekend. With a short lap, plenty of pit stops and overtaking, plus a passionate Brazilian crowd and the potential for weather extremes, this is normally a frenetic race where the strategic timing of stops is very important to try and minimize traffic effects. While we’ve gone a step softer this year with the tire selection, no driver has selected more than one set of the medium tires. This means that the weekend will be centred around the soft and supersoft tire compounds.”
• The supersoft tire comes to Brazil for the first time since Pirelli entered Formula 1.
• Force India and Sauber completed a dedicated Pirelli tire test for 2018 after the Mexican Grand Prix, with Alfonso Celis and Charles Leclerc driving respectively.
• Several top drivers have been announced for the Pirelli-equipped FIA GT World Cup in Macau next weekend, including former F1 driver (and Pirelli tester) Lucas di Grassi.
• Pirelli’s European Junior Rally Champion Chris Ingram dominated the two-wheel drive class on Wales Rally GB recently, using Pirelli Scorpion gravel tires.
AUTÓDROMO JOSÉ CARLOS PACE MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)
|22.5 psi (front) – 20.0 psi (rear)|
EOS CAMBER LIMIT
|-3.25° (front) – -2.00° (rear)|
THE TIRES NOMINATED THIS SEASON
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