The Italian supplier came under fire once again in Korea after a tyre delamination on Sergio Perez’s McLaren. However they confirmed after the race that it was caused by a lock-up, resulting in a flat spotted tyre.
The Japanese Grand Prix this weekend will see drivers tackle the iconic Suzuka circuit on either the orange hard tyre or the white medium compound, due to the high-energy demands of corners like 130R, Spoon and the S Curve.
Meanwhile Pirelli will bring the medium and yellow soft tyre compounds to Abu Dhabi and the Yas Marina Circuit. Explaining the decision F1′s sole tyre supplier said: “The combination of the medium and soft tyres are best suited to the varied characteristics of the Abu Dhabi track, which being a twilight race starts in the late afternoon with falling temperatures towards the end of the grand prix.”
The orange hard and white medium compounds will be brought to the Circuit of the Americas for the United States Grand Prix, the same compounds that will be used at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. This is to “respond to the challenges of this fast track, which puts high-energy loads through the tyres due to varying elevations that alternate high speeds with some slower and more technical sections.”
The 2013 season will come to a close in Brazil on November 24th with the hard and medium compounds being taken to the Interlagos circuit. The 19th round of the season will be the ninth time that the hard and medium compounds have been paired together this season.
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