F1 Racing (UK) - - INSIDER - Stu­art Codling

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.

Baku: get ready for snark about its very big flag

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