Racing prowess rolls onward with Pirelli's new P Zero slicks

Jan. 1, 2020
After a successful start at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit last week, Pirelli's newly developed 13-inch P Zero control tires are ready to star at the next races. The remaining two GP2 Asia rounds of the season will be held at Bahrain?s Sakhir track F
After a successful start at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit last week, Pirelli’s newly developed 13-inch P Zero control tires are ready to star at the next races. The remaining two GP2 Asia rounds of the season will be held at Bahrain’s Sakhir track Feb.17-19 and March 11-13.

As in Abu Dhabi, P Zero medium slicks will be used, powering a full grid of 26 GP2/11 cars.

Since its opening in 2004, the Bahrain International Circuit has played a crucial role in helping to increase the popularity of single-seater championships in the Middle East. Aiming to become the “home of motorsport in the Middle East,” its 5.412 km-long track presents drivers with an exceptional challenge.

Featuring 15 turns, four straights, a change in elevation of 18 meters and a variation in width from 14 to 22 meters, the course presents “exciting overtaking opportunities, and closely-fought races are always on the cards,” according to Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsports director.

Sakhir’s track surface “is very grippy and highly demanding in terms of tire performance,” he reports.



“With sun and sand always around, there are many factors that can affect the tires during races. The arid climate that Bahrain enjoys all year round can also bring the track temperature up to significant levels, meaning that the drivers have to manage their tires properly,” Hembery points out.

“When strong reliability and extreme grip are needed, the P Zero medium slicks have always lived up to expectations,” he says.

“In Bahrain the rubber is likely to undergo a wide range of demands, including high track temperatures. Our GP2 medium slicks have great balance in terms of durability and performance, two factors that are vital when it comes to racing in Bahrain,” Hembery continues. “We’re really looking forward to the next two GP2 Asia races in Bahrain, where we aim to repeat the excellent performance shown by the P Zero tire in Abu Dhabi.”

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