By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has announced the tyres it will be taking to the Grand Prix races in Bahrain, Spain and Monaco.
For Bahrain, the Italian tyres manufacturer will adopt the same medium and soft selection made for Australia and China, which takes into account the hot temperatures and medium grip characteristics of the Middle Easter circuit.
The hard and soft compounds will be used for Catalunya to cope with the track’s high lateral tyre loadings and promote strategic variety.
For Monte Carlo, the slowest track on the calendar, the super soft tyres will make their debut of the season to maximise grip alongside the soft compound.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, said: “Our nominations this year are designed to push the envelope of performance, as can be seen from our latest choices.
“Only the super soft tyre is the same compound as last year: the other compounds are softer and therefore faster, designed to encourage closer racing as well as a wider variety of strategies.”