EX­TREME RUB­BER

Car India - - SPORT -

Pirelli, for now still F1’s sole tyre sup­pli­ers, are in­tro­duc­ing two new tyre com­pounds this year: the su­per-hard and the hy­per-soft. This takes the to­tal num­ber of dry-weather com­pounds to seven, but there will still be only three com­pounds avail­able at each race.

Don’t ex­pect to see the su­per-hard tyre in ac­tion any time soon, un­less car de­vel­op­ment ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions and lap-times tum­ble, but the hy­per-soft is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the range and will be used at cir­cuits where tyre wear is low, such as the tight and twisty Monaco. Any­thing that forces more pit-stops in the race will raise the strate­gic in­trigue.

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