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Pirelli reveal tyre choices for opening three rounds 15 Feb 2012

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/26 leaves the pits sensors on the car.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 9 February 2012 Pirelli's soft Formula One tyre

Pirelli, official tyre suppliers to the FIA Formula One World Championship, have announced the compound allocations of their dry-weather P Zero tyres for the first three rounds of the 2012 season.

For the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, at Melbourne’s Albert Park from March 16-18, the teams will be provided with the Italian manufacturer’s medium and soft rubber. Pirelli will then take their hard and medium compounds to the Malaysian race a week later, before switching back to the medium and soft tyres for April’s Chinese round.

The rules stipulate that each team will receive six sets of the harder compound and five sets of the softer compound over each race weekend. Pirelli’s Cinturato Green intermediate tyre for damp track conditions (four sets per driver) as well as their Cinturato Blue rain tyre (three sets per driver) will also be available at each race.

Last season Pirelli took their 2011-spec soft and hard compounds to the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese rounds.

Tyre compounds for the opening rounds of the 2012 season:
Australia (Melbourne) - medium, soft
Malaysia (Sepang) - hard, medium
China (Shanghai) - medium, soft

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