Pirelli has announced it will be taking its hard and soft dry tyres to the first four rounds of the F1 2011 season.
The Italian tyres manufacturer will take its rubber to Bahrain next month, followed by to Australia, Malaysia and China after taking over from Bridgestone as the sole supplier of tyres to the sport.
Pirelli explained in a statement: “The hard tyre will be the prime tyre, whereas the soft will be the option.
“This decision has been made in accordance with the track characteristics in the Middle and Far East, which offer high grip and a wide variety of speeds and corners, as well as ambient and track temperatures that are likely to be high.
“The hard tyre offers an excellent balance between performance and durability in the tough conditions of the first four flyaway races. However, the soft tyre will give extra speed at the expense of resistance, which will make for some fascinating strategies as the teams compete with their new cars for the first time. Pirelli’s aim is to have two pit stops at every race, helping to increase the spectacle.”
The decision has been taken following an ‘extensive’ campaign of private testing – which took in more than 18,000 kilometres in Europe and the Middle East – plus three official group tests.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team