Formula 1’s official tyre supplier Pirelli has announced details of the dry-weather tyre compounds it will avail to the teams to use for the Bahrain, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix.
The medium/soft allocation will be granted for the controversy-ridden event at Sakhir, which was the same tyre allocation assigned for the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.
The more abrasive surface of the Circuit de Catalunya will see Pirelli run a two-compound-gap allocation, with the hard and soft dry-weather compounds available. This decision is down to the track’s tendency to punish tyres, but also in the hope that it will encourage a bit of variety in teams’ tyre strategies.
Not surprisingly, the Monaco Grand Prix will see Pirelli bring its soft compound again, and it will also run its super-soft variety for the first time this season.
“Our nominations this year are designed to push the envelope of performance, as can be seen from our latest choices,” Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery is quoted as saying.
“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.”