Pirelli tyres announce compounds for first four Grands Prix

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Pirelli has announced the tyres that will be used for the first four races of the 2014 Formula One World Championship following the final pre-season tyres tests in Bahrain.

There is an increased performance gap between the hard and medium Pirelli tyres and also the medium and soft compounds. The tests also revealed that the new tyres are showing less degradation, zero blistering and very little graining.

Pirelli will be taking the following tyres to the forthcoming Grands Prix:

Australia – P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

Malaysia – P ZERO ORANGE HARD and P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM

Bahrain – P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

China – P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

According to the Italian tyres manufacturer, the choices have been made to reflect the characteristics of each circuit and the all-new 2014 cars, bearing in mind all the data that has been obtained from the three pre-season tests.

The teams were able to complete their assessment of Pirelli’s new tyres over the last four days in Bahrain, with the final test finishing today exactly two weeks before the start of the opening grand prix of the season. Consequently, many teams focussed on qualifying and race simulations.

The results of the final test showed an increased performance gap between the hard and the medium tyres, and the medium and the soft compound, which are the two combinations of tyres that will be used at the first four races. This will give plenty of scope for the teams to formulate interesting strategies to boost their race prospects.

The characteristics of the 2014 P Zero tyre range were in line with expectations in Bahrain, maintaining similar performance to last year but with less degradation. There was no blistering and very little graining, underlining the performance of the latest compounds so far in a wide range of conditions. There was also a reduction in tread wear levels.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli tyres motorsport director, commented: “The information gained over all three pre-season tests has helped us to come up with the tyre choices for the start of the season, having run with the new 2014 tyres in all conditions now: ranging from rain in Jerez to ambient temperatures exceeding 25 degrees centigrade in Bahrain.

“The conclusion we can draw so far is that the 2014 tyres are more consistent and wear less than their predecessors, without compromising performance. We’re also meeting another of our objectives with one more step towards the reduction of ‘marbles’ on the track.”

Hembery added: “The medium and soft compounds are well matched to the expected race conditions in Australia, Bahrain and China, providing what we expect to be the right balance between performance and strategy with two to three pit stops per car.

“The more abrasive and hotter conditions of Malaysia have led us to nominate the hard and medium compounds there, as we did last year.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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