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Supersofts for Australia as Pirelli reveal first 2013 tyre choices 13 Feb 2013

Pirelli's 2013 Formula One tyre range Pirelli tyres.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 Pirelli's 2013 Formula One tyre range

Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli have announced the tyre compounds that will be used in the opening four rounds of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.

In Australia, the medium and supersoft tyres will be available - the first time that Pirelli have nominated the softest compound in their range for Melbourne. The full step between compound choices is intended to ensure a performance gap between the cars that allows strategy to come into play.

For Malaysia the two hardest tyres in Pirelli’s range have been selected - medium and hard - to cater for the high temperatures and abrasive surface found at the Sepang circuit.

The soft tyre will make its season debut at the Chinese Grand Prix (where the medium tyre will also be used), whilst in Bahrain there will again be a full step between compounds with the hard and soft tyres being chosen.

As was the case in 2012, each team will receive six sets of the harder compound and five sets of the softer compound at each race weekend.

At a glance - tyre compounds for opening rounds of 2013:
Australia - medium, supersoft
Malaysia - hard, medium
China - medium, soft
Bahrain - hard, soft

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