Pirelli announces tyre choice for first 4 GP
At the end of the third and final pre-season test, held in Bahrain, Pirelli has announced the compounds that will be used for the first four races this year.
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
These 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 compounds 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 compound, and the medium and the soft compound: 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.