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Pirelli reveal tyre compounds for Japan, Korea and India 12 Sep 2012

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Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli have announced the compounds for Japan, Korea and India - rounds 15 to 17 of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship in October.

In Japan, drivers will use the P Zero Silver hard tyre and P Zero Yellow soft tyre, delivering both performance and durability at the fast and challenging Suzuka circuit.

For Korea, the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red super-soft has been nominated: a combination that also proved extremely effective on Pirelli’s debut last year at Yeongam.

And at the Indian round the drivers will have the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft at their disposal, which should be well-suited to the hot weather in New Delhi.

Suzuka contains a combination of high-speed as well as slower and more technical corners, meaning the tyres have to work effectively within a wide range of parameters and potential weather conditions. By partnering the hard and soft compounds, every eventuality is catered for on a favourite circuit for all the drivers, on account of the high g forces experienced through flat-out corners such as 130R and Spoon.

Although temperatures in Korea can be high, the tight and twisty nature of the track, as well as the exceptionally low tyre degradation it presents, make it a good choice for the two softest tyres in Pirelli’s range. These provide plenty of mechanical grip, but do not compromise on durability, as shown by the other races in which this combination has been used, such as Monaco and Canada.

With India being new to the calendar last year, Pirelli’s engineers faced the challenge of accumulating as much simulated data as they could about the Buddh International Circuit. This year, the tyre nomination has been made with real data, and as a result the hard and the soft compounds have been selected to provide the best spectacle on one of the longest straights in Formula One racing, as well as some complex multi-apex corners that put plenty of energy through the tyres.

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

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