Formula One’s official tyre supplier now says it will bring its hardest selection of tyres for this weekend’s race, the medium and hard compounds. It previously allocated the soft and hard compounds for this race.
The 2013 soft tyre was used for the first time in China last weekend. But drivers found the tyre degraded quickly and no one spent more than seven laps on it in the race.
Motorsport director Paul Hembery said the decision to change the allocation for Bahrain was made before last week’s race: “When we made the allocation choices for Bahrain in December of last year, we had not done one winter test, let alone a race.”
“Our initial choice for Bahrain was soft and hard, but once we had seen the new generation of our tyres run in Malaysia, a track similar to Bahrain, we decided that the combination medium and hard would be better suited for the Bahrain circuit.”
Despite the change to more conservative tyres, Pirelli predict another busy race in the pits: “We expect about three stops per car, although we?óÔé¼Ôäóll have to wait to get some running in on Friday before we can look at the data and make a more accurate prediction,” said Hembery.
The soft and medium compounds were used for last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
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