Pirelli tyre choices for Turkey and beyond

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Apr.20 (Pirelli) Pirelli has revealed the tyre compound choices for the next three grands prix of the 2011 Formula One season: Turkey, Spain and Monaco.

In Turkey and Spain, Pirelli will nominate the hard and soft tyres (as prime and option respectively). In Monaco the soft tyre will be the prime and the supersoft tyre, denoted by red markings, will make its debut as the option tyre.

The entire range will benefit from new markings from the Turkish Grand Prix onwards, designed to increase visibility of the six colours that distinguish each of the PZero tyres.

The Turkish Grand Prix, at Istanbul Park, features high temperatures and an abrasive surface, which favours the hard tyre for endurance and the soft tyre for faster laps.

The Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, a favoured venue for Pirelli throughout its test campaign, has broadly similar characteristics that make the hard and the soft tyre the best combination.

The Monaco Grand Prix, however, has very different characteristics with the slowest average speed of the year. The tight and twisty confines of the famous street circuit means that the supersoft tyre will provide the fastest lap times, while the soft tyre provides enough durability to last for longer stints during the race.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented: “We’ve considered carefully all the circuit characteristics in order to help provide races as exciting as all the grands prix we have seen so far this year. We’re very much looking forward to Monaco in particular, where we will see the supersoft tyre in action for the first time. It’s quite a different tyre to the rest of the range and should be very effective around the streets of Monte Carlo.”

Tyre Choices so far:

1.Australian Grand Prix
Prime: Hard
Option: Soft2.Malaysian Grand Prix
Prime: Hard
Option: Soft

3.Chinese Grand Prix
Prime: Hard
Option: Soft

4.Turkish Grand Prix:
Prime: Hard
Option: Soft5.Spanish Grand Prix:
Prime: Hard
Option: Soft

6.Monaco Grand Prix:
Prime: Soft
Option: Super Soft