Pirelli announces tyre choise for First four GP's

03/03/2014 12:45

- Increased performance gap between Hard and Medium, and Medium and Soft compounds.

- Less degradation, zero blistering, and very little graining shown in Bahrain

At the end of the third and final pre-season test, held in Bahrain, Pirelli has announced the compounds that will be used for the first four races this year:

Australia           P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

Malaysia           P ZERO ORANGE HARD and P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM

Bahrain             P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

China                P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

These choices have been made to reflect the characteristics of each circuit and the all-new 2014 cars, bearing in mind all the data that has been obtained from the three pre-season tests.

The teams were able to complete their assessment of Pirelli’s new compounds over the last four days in Bahrain, with the final test finishing today exactly two weeks before the start of the opening grand prix of the season. Consequently, many teams focussed on qualifying and race simulations.

The results of the final test showed an increased performance gap between the hard and the medium compound, and the medium and the soft compound: the two combinations of tyres that will be used at the first four races. This will give plenty of scope for the teams to formulate interesting strategies to boost their race prospects.

The characteristics of the 2014 P Zero tyre range were in line with expectations in Bahrain, maintaining similar performance to last year but with less degradation. There was no blistering and very little graining, underlining the performance of the latest compounds so far in a wide range of conditions. There was also a reduction in tread wear levels.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director:

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. 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.”

Testing Facts:

As expected, the teams completed the biggest distances seen yet during the final pre-event test in Bahrain. In total, 762 laps were covered during day one, 868 laps during day two, 803 laps during day three, and 874 laps during day four. This makes a total of 3307 laps for four days, compared with 2322 at the previous Bahrain test.

Teams had a maximum of 30 sets of tyres per car to test in Bahrain. Pirelli chose 22 of those sets and the teams were then able to choose in advance the remaining eight sets, up to their maximum permitted total of 30. In total, 135 sets of tyres are allowed per team for testing purposes throughout 2014.

The performance differences seen in the second Bahrain test between the compounds are approximately as follows: the supersoft is around 0.7s per lap faster than the soft, the soft is around 1.3-1.5s per lap quicker than the medium, and the medium is around1.3-1.5s per lap quicker than the hard. These gaps are expected to come down as the teams improve their understanding of the tyres during the season.

More Testing Facts:

The total testing distance completed so far this year, combining Jerez and both Bahrain tests is 7,099 laps and 36,974 kilometres. This time last year, the teams had completed 10,902 laps and 49,942 kilometres of pre-season testing (Jerez and two Barcelona tests 2013 combined).

Williams driver Felipe Massa set the fastest lap of this Bahrain test, with a time of 1m33.258s on Saturday with the P Zero Red supersoft. By way of comparison, the fastest lap in Bahrain at the previous test last week was 1m33.283s, set by Nico Rosberg (Mercedes). The fastest race lap at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year was 1m36.961s, set by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. Pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year was 1m32.330s, also set by Rosberg.

The highest number of total laps completed at this year’s Bahrain test by any one driver was 236 laps from Valtteri Bottas (Williams). Force India driver Sergio Perez set the second-highest total, 213 laps.

Testing numbers:

Total number of sets brought to Bahrain: 341 sets which equals 1,364 tyres 
- of which supersoft tyres: 14 sets
- of which soft tyres: 61 sets
- of which medium tyres: 139 sets
- of which hard tyres: 94 sets
- of which ‘winter’ hard tyres: 28 sets
- of which intermediate tyres: 3 sets
- of which wet tyres: 2 sets

Total amount of sets used: 319
- of which supersoft tyres: 31 sets
- of which soft tyres: 83 sets
- of which medium tyres: 172 sets
- of which hard tyres: 30 sets
- of which ‘winter’ tyres: 3 sets
- of which intermediate tyres: 0 sets
- of which wet tyres: 0 sets

Longest run: 
19 laps on the supersoft compound
22 laps of the soft compound
24 laps on the medium compound
18 laps on the hard compound
  2 laps on the ‘winter’ compound
  0 laps on the intermediate compound
  0 laps on the wet compound

Highest / lowest ambient temperature over four days: 30 °C / 22 °C
Highest / lowest track temperature over four days: 39 °C / 25 °C

Testing Times:

Day 1

1.

S Perez

   Force India

   1m35.290s

  Soft New

2.

V Bottas

   Williams

   1m36.184s

  Medium New

3.

K Raikkonen

   Ferrari

   1m36.432s

  Soft Used 

4.

N Rosberg

   Mercedes

   1m36.624s

  Soft Used

5.

A Sutil

   Sauber

   1m37.700s

  Soft New

6.

K Magnussen

   McLaren

   1m37.825s

  Soft Used 

7.

D Ricciardo

   Red Bull

   1m37.908s

  Medium New 

8.

M Chilton

   Marussia

   1m38.610s

  Soft New 

9.

D Kvyat

   Toro Rosso

   1m39.242s

  Soft Used 

10.

P Maldonado

   Lotus

   1m40.599s

  Medium New

11.

K Kobayashi

   Caterham

   1m42.285s

  Medium New

Day 2

1.

S Perez

  Force India

   1m35.570s

  Soft New

2.

F Alonso 

  Ferrari 

   1m35.634s

  Soft New

3.

D Ricciardo 

  Red Bull

   1m35.743s

  Soft New

4.

F Massa 

  Williams

   1m36.507s

  Medium New

5.

J Button

  McLaren 

   1m36.901s

  Medium New

6.

J Bianchi

  Marussia 

   1m38.092s

  Soft New

7.

L Hamilton

  Mercedes

   1m39.041s

  Medium New

8.

J-E Vergne

  Toro Rosso 

   1m39.636s

  Medium New

9.

E Gutierrez

  Sauber 

   1m39.976s

  Supersoft U

10.

P Maldonado

  Lotus

   1m41.613s

  Medium New

11.

M Ericsson

  Caterham 

   1m42.516s

  Soft Used

 Day 3

1.

F Massa

  Williams

1m33.258s

 Supersoft New

2.

N Rosberg 

  Mercedes

1m33.484s 

 Supersoft New

3.

K Raikkonen

  Ferrari 

1m35.426s 

 Supersoft New

4.

K Magnussen

  McLaren 

1m35.894s 

 Soft New

5.

D Kvyat

  Toro Rosso 

1m36.113s 

 Supersoft New

6.

N Hulkenberg

  Force India 

1m36.205s 

 Supersoft Used

7.

J Bianchi

  Marussia 

1m37.087s 

 Supersoft New

8.

M Ericsson 

  Caterham 

1m38.083s 

 Supersoft New

9.

R Grosjean 

  Lotus 

1m42.166s 

 Medium New

10.

A Sutil 

  Sauber  

no time

 

11.

S Vettel 

  Red Bull 

no time

 

Day 4

1.

L Hamilton 

  Mercedes

  1m33.278s

  Soft Used

2.

V Bottas 

  Williams 

  1m33.987s 

  Soft New 

3.

F Alonso 

  Ferrari 

  1m34.280s 

  Supersoft New

4.

N Hulkenberg 

  Force India 

  1m35.577s 

  Supersoft New 

5.

J-E Vergne 

  Toro Rosso 

  1m35.701s 

  Supersoft New 

6.

A Sutil 

  Sauber 

  1m36.467s 

  Supersoft New 

7.

M Chilton 

  Marussia 

  1m36.835s 

  Supersoft New 

8.

E Gutierrez 

  Sauber 

  1m37.303s 

  Supersoft New 

9.

S Vettel 

  Red Bull 

  1m37.468s 

  Soft Used 

10.

J Button 

  McLaren 

  1m38.111s 

  Medium New 

11.

K Kobayashi 

  Caterham 

  1m38.391s 

  Soft New 

12.

R Grosjean 

  Lotus 

  1m39.302s 

  Soft New 

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