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    Pirelli have announced their tyre compound allocation for the very first Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix.

    F1's tyre suppliers have chosen the middle three tyres in their range: white-banded C2 hard compounds (x2 sets), yellow-banded C3 medium compounds (x3 sets), and red-banded C4 soft compounds (x8 sets).

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    With expected top speeds in the region of 320km/h, 19 corners, three straights and three DRS zones, Pirelli have opted to bring the most commonly-used combination of compounds to the brand-new Miami International Autodrome.

    “There’s been a huge buzz of excitement around the first Miami Grand Prix, where the track has some similarities to Jeddah, although there are some parts that are slower and more technical than Saudi Arabia: especially the section from Turns 11 to 16," said Pirelli Motorsport Director Mario Isola.

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    Pirelli's infographic for the 2022 Miami Grand Prix

    "The rest is a very quick layout, running anti-clockwise, which puts the emphasis on the tyres on the right-hand side of the car. We’re expecting the usual rapid track evolution and a smooth surface with the new asphalt, but the track has been jet-washed at high pressure, which means that it should offer quite good grip from the beginning.

    "Because it’s a fast track, the cars are likely to run a low to medium downforce set-up, which could lead to a bit of sliding in the high-speed corners on the hard compounds in particular. For any new track, our choice tends to be on the conservative side, so it will be interesting to confront the simulations with real data."

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    Pirelli's in-season testing programme got under way at Imola with Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri, Alpine and Ferrari testing next year's slick prototype tyres in warm weather.

    Support for the F1 Miami Grand Prix comes from the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America and W Series.

    For more information about Pirelli's Formula 1 tyres, visit pirelli.com – and head to pirelli.com/150anni for more on Pirelli's 150th anniversary.