Pirelli has selected its P Zero Red supersoft tyres, the softest option, and the P Zero White medium tyres for the Singapore Grand Prix to enhance strategic scope for the teams.
The action takes place this week on the ultra-modern street circuit and it is the only Formula One race on the calendar run at night under street lamps.
There are a number of other factors that make the Marina Bay circuit unique. In terms of duration, this is usually the longest race of the year as it often comes close to the two-hour time limit, which means that the cars carry the heaviest fuel load of the season.
It is also one of the most humid races of the year, and statistically there is a high chance of a safety car intervention. All these elements affect tyre wear and degradation as well as strategy.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, explained: “The tyres we are bringing to Singapore this year represent a change from last year, when we went for supersoft and soft. This is because the tyres are generally softer across the board this year in order to maximise performance and grip.
“Singapore is quite bumpy – a typical feature of street circuits – and there’s lots of street furniture such as painted white lines and manholes that compromise grip and traction.
“We’re racing at night, which presents a unique set of parameters for the tyres to deal with when it comes to the way that track and ambient temperatures evolve.
“The cars also carry the heaviest fuel load of the year, which again has a direct effect on tyre wear and degradation.
“It’s a long race, and that gives the teams plenty of scope to come up with some interesting strategies at what is a truly spectacular event in every sense.
“We’ve always been made to feel incredibly welcome at Singapore, which is probably the most spectacular event of the year in terms of the whole show that is put on for the public.
“Our aim as always is to contribute to that show by providing tyres with exactly the right compromise between performance and degradation in order to guarantee close racing.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team