Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Jerez, 2011

Pirelli choose tyres for first four races

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Jerez, 2011
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Jerez, 2011

Pirelli will bring its hard and soft tyre compounds for the first four races of 2011.

The same four compounds will be used for the Bahrain, Australian, Malaysian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Pirelli expect “some fascinating strategies as the teams compete with their new cars for the first time” with most drivers needing two pit stops during each race.

Motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “The valuable data that we?ve collected from both official and private testing has shown us that our nomination of hard and soft tyres is the best way forward for both the drivers and the spectators, so we look forward now to a successful Grand Prix debut and a great show in the Middle and Far East over the next four races.

“We?ve enjoyed great collaboration with the teams so far, and with the nominated compounds for the next four races now known, I am sure that this will help to focus their development for the start of the season.”

It will be the first time Pirelli tyres have been used at an F1 race since the 1991 Australian Grand Prix.

2011 F1 tyre compounds

Race 2011 Pirelli tyres 2010 Bridgestone tyres
Bahrain Hard / Soft Medium / Super-soft
Australia Hard / Soft Hard / Soft
Malaysia Hard / Soft Hard / Soft
China Hard / Soft Hard / Soft

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