Pirelli confirmed tyre choice for the first races
Pirelli has nominated the tyres that will be used in the Grand Prix of Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain, the first four races in the 2015 Formula 1 season.
In Australia, Pirelli will bring P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft compounds, well suited for the various demands and wide range of potential weather conditions experienced at the Albert Park track in Melbourne.
The Sepang circuit in Malaysia is well known for its abrasive asphalt and high ambient temperatures, making the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium the best choice for the second race od the season.
The P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres are nominated for the race in China. They are the best choice for the high degradation expected as a result of the demanding track layout, which leads to close racing and plenty of strategy.
P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft will also be used in Bahrain. This varied circuit is togh on rear tyres, where the GP now starts in the late afternoon and ends in the evening. This leads to falling ambient and track temperatures as the race goes on.
Although the P Zero range has evolved from 2014, with a new rear construction designed to distribute forces and temperatures more evenly, these nominations are in fact the same as those Pirelli made for the same races last year.
“The wear profile will be better but, also in terms of performance what we call ‘combined traction’, the traction at the exit of the corner, will improve a little bit. Drivers will be able to go on the throttle a little bit earlier because of this change in construction”, told Mario Isola, Pirelli’s racing manager, during final pre-season tests in Barcelona.