Pirelli reveal tyre choices for final three rounds 16 Oct 2012
Pirelli, the official tyre supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, have announced the compound allocations for the last three Grands Prix of the 2012 season.
In Abu Dhabi, the teams will use the P Zero White medium tyre and the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, whilst Pirelli will bring their P Zero Silver hard and P Zero White medium to the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. Exactly the same nomination - hard and medium - will be used at Brazil's season finale.
The Abu Dhabi race is run in the late afternoon and evening, with falling temperatures. And although the lap takes in a wide variety of speeds and corners, the track surface is quite smooth and degradation is not excessive, which makes the medium and soft tyres the perfect choice.
The simulation data established by Pirellis engineers over the summer has indicated that the hard and medium tyres will be best-suited to the varying demands of the all-new Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. With high energy loads and temperatures expected, the Italian manufacturer believes this relatively conservative choice will cover all possibilities.
The Interlagos circuit, meanwhile, is well known for the demands it places on tyres, with big elevation changes and high-speed corners. The hard and medium compound combination has already been used in Malaysia, Belgium and Italy so far this season.
Tyre compounds for the 2012 season:
Australia (Melbourne) - medium, soft
Malaysia (Sepang) - hard, medium
China (Shanghai) - medium, soft
Bahrain (Sakhir) - medium, soft
Spain (Catalunya) - hard, soft
Monaco (Monte Carlo) - soft, super-soft
Canada (Montreal) - soft, super-soft
Europe (Valencia) - medium, soft
Great Britain (Silverstone) - hard, soft
Germany (Hockenheim) - medium, soft
Hungary (Budapest) - medium, soft
Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) - hard, medium
Italy (Monza) - hard, medium
Singapore (Singapore) - soft, super-soft
Japan (Suzuka) - hard, soft
Korea (Yeongam) - soft, super-soft
India (New Delhi) - hard, soft
Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) - medium, soft
United States (Austin) - hard, medium
Brazil (Interlagos) - hard, medium
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