PIRELLI’S (SUPER) SOFT SELL
We’d love to tell you about the 12-hour tyre test held in Abu Dhabi the Tuesday after the race, but it took place under conditions of utmost secrecy. The media were forbidden, adding a delicious note of intrigue – although you have to wonder what the point of the blackout was. F1 tyres, after all, are black and round, and the chemical differences between the compounds are as invisible to the naked eye as they are to a high-definition camera. That’s why they’re marked with different colours on the sidewalls.
Pirelli’s main aim was to try “several different potential variations” of the new ultra-soft compound. Since the FIA World Motor Sport Council rubber-stamped proposals for Pirelli to bring three rather than two different compounds to each race, giving teams a freer hand, it’s unlikely Pirelli will be out of the spotlight for long.
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