Pirelli tyre, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015

Pirelli keeps same tyre choices for first four races

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Pirelli tyre, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015Pirelli will bring the same four pairs of tyre compounds which were used by the teams last year for the first four races of 2015.

The soft and medium tyres will be available for the season-opening race in Australia, as well as in China and Bahrain.

For the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, which has more abrasive asphalt, generally higher cornering speeds and punishing temperatures, Pirelli will bring the medium and hard tyre compounds.

Circuit2015 Option2015 Prime2014 Option2014 Prime
MelbourneSoftMediumSoftMedium
SepangMediumHardMediumHard
ShanghaiSoftMediumSoftMedium
BahrainSoftMediumSoftMedium

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15 comments on “Pirelli keeps same tyre choices for first four races”

  1. Are the compounds the same though or have Perelli made any changes to the tyres this year?

    1. Answered my own question – the rear tyres have been constructed differently to improve traction out of corners. It will be interesting to see if this favours Nico or Lewis more; my impression last year was Lewis was a little easier on his tyres, so maybe Nico has more to gain from stronger tyres. I suspect they will both adapt to the change in the same way though.

    2. The super-soft rears have been changed but obviously that compound’s not being used in these first four races.

      1. @keithcollantine I thought supersoft tires were for 2014 there? Or was that just 2013 I’m thinking of?

  2. Will Bahrain be a night race this year as well?

  3. I’m going to the Malaysian gp. Anyone else?

    1. Japanese!

    2. Karthik Mohan
      5th March 2015, 5:35

      I am going too!

  4. I’m surprised by the lack of credit given to Pirelli for 2014. They absolutely hit the sweet spot last year. The tires were durable enough for the drivers to race on, but fragile enough to make the races interesting (apart from Sochi, where they were too conservative). After the 2013 disaster, they deserve some praise IMO.

    1. @kingshark I completely agree – well done Pirelli.

      I do think the lack of controversy and talk about the tyres last year says a lot to Pirelli in itself.

    2. Sorry but I disagree, better ? probably, good ? not from my point of view, anything that discourages drivers from driving in close company or chucking the car around is bad for racing and the Pirellis still do discourage car on car racing.

      1. The drivers didn’t look very discouraged to me in Bahrain… and Spain… and Silverstone, and Germany, and Hungary, and Spa, and COTA, and Abu-Dhabi even! For me this season had some of the best side-by-side racing in years.

    3. That’s the corporate way; You’ll never hear when you do good but all hell brakes loose when you make a mistake.

  5. I like the fact that they have the same tyres in that it will let us see how much faster the cars are compared to last year (assuming that there haven’t been any changes to the asphalt)

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