Pirelli, the damned if they do and damned if they don’t company, have announced the tire selections for the remaining grands prix in 2013. The question is, have they gone conservative after Korea’s fallout? Here is Pirelli’s thoughts on the matter:
The tyre nominations for the forthcoming grands prix in Abu Dhabi, the United States and Brazil have been announced.
In Abu Dhabi, the teams will use the P Zero White medium tyre and the P Zero Yellow soft tyre. For the United States Grand Prix, Pirelli will bring the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium tyre. This combination – hard and medium – will also be used in Brazil.
In Abu Dhabi, the White medium and Yellow soft compounds have been selected. The combination of the medium and soft tyres are best suited to the varied characteristics of the Abu Dhabi track, which being a twilight race starts in the late afternoon with falling temperatures towards the end of the grand prix.
For the United States Grand Prix, Pirelli will bring the Orange hard and White medium compounds. The hard and medium compounds are the best choice to respond to the challenges of this fast track, which puts high-energy loads through the tyres due to varying elevations that alternate high speeds with some slower and more technical sections.
In Brazil, the Orange hard and White medium compounds will be used. Interlagos is a demanding track with high-speed corners and significant elevation changes, so the hard and medium compounds are the best choice for this last race of the 2013 season.
With verbal abuse from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Christian Horner and McLaren’s Sergio Perez, is it any wonder they’ve chosen the hard compounds? Now before you get conspiratorial, these are the same compounds they took last year…then again, some complained they got conservative then too.