2014 F1 season
F1’s official tyre supplier will provide its medium and soft tyre compounds for three of the first four races in Australia, Bahrain and China.
The hardest tyre mix of hard and medium tyres will be used for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
This marks a change from last year’s tyre choices for Australia, where the super-soft was used instead of the soft, and Bahrain, where the hard tyre was used instead of the medium.
“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 Pirelli 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.”
Pirelli say the gap in performance between the three hardest tyres – the soft, medium and hard – has widened with their new 2014 compounds.
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