Pirelli has opted for an ultra-aggressive approach as it heads into its third season as Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier, picking a range of compounds that will encourage lively racing in the first four Grands Prix of 2013.
The Super Soft compound will make its debut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix along with the harder Medium tyre.
Sporting a new orange sidewall band, the Hard tyre will have its first outing at the following weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. It will be paired with the Medium compound, with Pirelli opting for the more durable rubber to cope with the Sepang circuit’s hot conditions and abrasive track surface.
A fortnight later and another tyre combination greets the field, with the Soft tyre getting its first outing of the season at Shanghai’s Chinese Grand Prix. The Medium compound will again serve as the ‘prime’ tyre.
A fourth different combination – the Hard and Soft tyres – will be in use at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Continuing on from last year’s rules, Pirelli will give six sets of the harder tyre and five of the softer to each car, along with four sets of Intermediate tyres and three sets of full wet tyres.