Pirelli is treading cautiously with its tyres selection for the first Indian Grand Prix this weekend.
The Italian tyres manufacturer has opted for a tyre nomination that should cover every eventuality, with the P Zero Silver hard tyre – making its final appearance of the season – alongside the P Zero Yellow soft tyre.
However, contrary to convention, the softer tyre has been nominated as the prime choice in India with the harder tyre as the option.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, said: “We’ve opted for a deliberately conservative nomination in selecting the hard tyre alongside the soft, simply because on a brand new circuit you are never quite sure of the exact race conditions you will encounter.
“But we’ve structured the allocation in such a way that we think the teams will run more on the softer tyres, particularly because we are bringing an extra set of soft compound tyres for Friday. This will help us to make some decisions about our strategy for next year, particularly after we saw the excellent durability of the softer compounds.
“It’s too early to talk about the number of pit stops we expect this weekend, but we anticipate a reasonably significant lap time difference between the two compounds.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team