Overseas F1 circuits to see a selection of Pirelli's racing tires

Jan. 1, 2020
Pirelli has revealed the tire compound choices for the next three grand prix races of the Formula One season: Turkey, Spain and Monaco.
Pirelli has revealed the tire compound choices for the next three grand prix races of the Formula One season: Turkey, Spain and Monaco.

In Turkey and Spain, the company will have its hard and soft tires as prime and optional choices respectively.

In Monaco the soft tire will be the prime and the supersoft tire, denoted by red markings, will make its debut as the option tire.

The entire range will benefit from new markings from the Turkish Grand Prix onwards, designed to increase visibility of the six colors that distinguish each of the P Zero tires, says Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsports director.

The Turkish Grand Prix, at Istanbul Park, features high temperatures and an abrasive surface, which favors the hard tire for endurance and the soft tire for faster laps.

The Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, a favored track for Pirelli throughout its test campaign, has broadly similar characteristics that make the hard and the soft tire the best combination.

 

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The Monaco Grand Prix, however, has very different characteristics with the slowest average speed of the year. The tight and twisty confines of the famous street circuit means that the supersoft tire will provide the fastest lap times, while the soft tire provides enough durability to last for longer stints during the race.

“We’ve considered carefully all the circuit characteristics in order to help provide races as exciting as all the grands prix we have seen so far this year,” Hembery says.

“We’re very much looking forward to Monaco in particular, where we will see the supersoft tire in action for the first time,” he adds. “It’s quite a different tire to the rest of the range and should be very effective around the streets of Monte Carlo.”

For more information, visit www.us.pirelli.com.

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