Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand-Prix preview

Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand-Prix preview

03.04.2018: 2018 MEDIUM TYRE AND PIRELLI HOT LAPS PROGRAMME MAKE THEIR DEBUTS The Bahrain International Circuit introduces the 2018 medium compound to a grand prix weekend , nominated alongside the soft and

2018 MEDIUM TYRE AND PIRELLI HOT LAPS  PROGRAMME MAKE THEIR DEBUTS



The Bahrain International  Circuit introduces  the  2018  medium compound to a grand prix weekend , nominated alongside the soft and supersoft, but this  medium tyre is already familiar to the teams, as it’s the same compound as the 2017 soft  tyre.


Also making its debut in Bahrain is the Pirelli Hot Laps programme, where Formula1 and  other wellknown  driverswill  take  to  the  track  driving  road-going  supercars  on  P Zero roadcar tyres .





THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW



- The grand prix gets underway in the late afternoon and finishes in the evening, meaning that  track temperatures fall substantially as the race goes on, affecting tyre behaviour.


- Traction is a major factor in Bahrain, so drivers have to manage rear tyres in particular.


- It’s the same nomination as last year for Bahrain, but the compounds are all a step softer.


- Most drivers did two stops last year, with a wide variety of different strategies.


- Medium and soft are mandatory sets for the race , with teams having to keep at least one set  of each compound available  on Sunday


- Bahrain is one of three night races held this year, along with Singapore and Abu Dhabi



MARIO ISOLA  HEAD OF CAR RACING


“Bahrain  provides  a  very  different  challenge  to  Australia,  but  one  of the  things  it  has  in  common  is  that  is  quite  a  stop - start  circuit  characterised  by  longitudinal  rather  than  lateral loads,  which also means  that  it  is  rear -limited  in  particular .


Because of  the abrasive surface and also thermal degradation we would expect more than one pit stop for  most  drivers ,  especially  as  the  entire tyre  range  is  softer  this  year  and  Bahrain  has  produced  a  variety  of  interesting  strategies  in  the  past. 



The  race  schedule,  with  track temperatures  that fall  considerably  during  the  evening,  means  that  teams  need  to maximise  their  learning  from  the  sessions  that  are  most  representative  and  draw  the most effective conclusions from the unusual track conditions in the evening.





WHAT’S NEW?

- Pirelli  launches  its  brand new  Pirelli  Hot  Laps programme  in  Bahrain,  featuring  some of the latest road cars from McLaren and Aston Martin on track in different  sessions with some  well - known drivers at the wheel.


Formula  2 – the  premier  feeder  series  to  Formula  1 – also  gets  underway  in  Bahrain, featuring a new car for this year as well as a new turbocharged engine .


The circuit and infrastructure remains unchanged compared to last year.







Anthony Peacock - photos Pirelli


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