Pirelli have finally announced the Formula One tyre compounds that will be available for the Japanese, Korean and Indian races in October. The type of compound will affect the teams’ decisions in regards to race tactics, so it is important that they know what they can use ahead of time.
For the race at the challenging Suzuka track in Japan, drivers will be able to use the P Zero Silver hard tyre and the P Zero Yellow soft tyre. The Suzuka circuit needs both performance and durability as it contains a range of corners from the high speed, high g force corners to slower, more technical corners. By offering both hard and soft compounds, the variety of possible weather conditions is also catered for.
In Korea, the options are soft, and super-soft with the P Zero Yellow and P Zero Red tyres. The temperatures may be high in Korea, but the track is very tight and twisty, and tyre degradation is unusually low, so the softest Pirelli tyres are the best choice.
The tyre combination at the Indian race will be the same as for the Japanese race. This should suit the hot weather particularly well. As India was a new addition last year Pirelli lacked real data, but this year they have been able to choose tyres based on the previous year’s data, making it much easier for them.