Pirelli Chinese GP Preview

Milan, April 3, 2017 – Shanghai imposes unique and quite high demands on the tires, which has led to close racing as well as plenty of overtaking in the past. But the weather can also never be predicted, ranging from bright sunshine to heavy rain: sometimes in the same weekend. This will have a significant effect on tire behavior and strategy, as less degradation for this season theoretically means fewer pit stops. Last year, the winner stopped twice during the 56-lap race, although most drivers did a three-stopper.

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TIRE POINT OF VIEW

  • Shanghai
    Shanghai

    Track always feels 'green' and slippery during the first sessions of the

  • There's a roughly equal split of corners and straights on the track, inaugurated in
  • Corners that demand most from tires are Turn 1 (a long right-hander) and Turn
  • The front-left tire is worked
  • The long straight means tires can cool down and subsequently provoke
  • Straight also provides chances to overtake, so teams can opt for the quickest
  • Pirelli will supply wet weather tires in a different compound with better performance on low severity tracks and smooth

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

"We're bringing the middle selection of compounds, but we expect teams to use mainly soft and supersoft, depending of course on the unpredictable weather: especially as the allocation is just two sets of medium. In the past, there has been some graining in China due to the long straights followed by tight corners, but we've seen in Barcelona testing that graining is generally reduced this year, so it will be good to have that confirmed. In case of wet and possibly cool conditions, we will supply wet weather tires in a different compound, with the target of giving the drivers more grip."

WHAT'S NEW?

  • Pirelli is already collecting data for the 2018 range of prototype tires, so China will provide some useful information when it comes to defining
  • There is only one non-F1 support series for the China Grand Prix, which means that not much rubber will be laid down on track over the course of the
  • For the first five races the teams all have seven sets of the softest compound available, four sets of the middle compound, and two of the hardest

SHANGHAI MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

21 psi (fronts) – 20.5 psi (rears)

THE TIRES NOMINATED SO-FAR THIS SEASON

Event

ORANGE HARD

Australia

China

Bahrain

Russia

Spain

Monaco

Canada

Azerbaijan

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