Pirelli announces tyre allocations for opening four races
The news was announced following the end of the third and final pre-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit. Teams were able to assess the new 2014 compounds during the four-day event.
The nominations were made to reflect the characteristics of each circuit and took into account all the data collected by the Italian firm from the three winter tests.
The third test showed an increased performance gap between the compounds as well as revealing that the tyres were in line with expectations and maintained a similar performance level to last year but with less degradation.
The white-banded medium and the soft tyre, which features yellow markings, will be used at the opening round of the 2014 season in Australia. This combination will also be used at the third and fourth rounds of the championship in Bahrain and China.
Pirelli will take the orange-banded hard tyre and the medium compound to the second race of the year in Malaysia, due to the hotter weather conditions and more abrasive track surface.
“The information gained over all three pre-season tests has helped us to come up with the tyre choices for the start of the season, having run with the new 2014 tyres in all conditions now: ranging from rain in Jerez to ambient temperatures exceeding 25 degrees centigrade in Bahrain,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery.
“The conclusion we can draw so far is that the 2014 tyres are more consistent and wear less than their predecessors, without compromising performance. We’re also meeting another of our objectives with one more step towards the reduction of ‘marbles’ on the track.
“The medium and soft compounds are well matched to the expected race conditions in Australia, Bahrain and China, providing what we expect to be the right balance between performance and strategy with two to three pit stops per car. The more abrasive and hotter conditions of Malaysia have led us to nominate the hard and medium compounds there, as we did last year.”
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