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Formula One: Pirelli clarify ‘secret’ tyre compound change reports

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Ahead of the wet weather simulation test taking place at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France this week, Pirelli have offered a clarification on recent media reports surrounding ‘secret’ changes to tyre construction for the 2016 Formula One World Championship.

Pirelli have stated that with the exception of the Ultra Soft compound, new for the 2016 season, all compounds used in 2016 are identical to those raced throughout the 2015 season. Pirelli further confirmed that changes have been made in the construction of the tyre which may have an impact of the rate of degradation, but all teams are fully aware of these changes.  Teams attending the 2015 post season test in Abu Dhabi, all with the exception of the Haas F1 Team, have been able to complete simulations using compounds under the new construction.

Any changes made to tyre construction or compound have been implemented with complete team, FIA, and FOM awareness.

Formula One: Pirelli tyre compounds for the Russian Grand Prix announced

 

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Pirelli will bring the following three compounds to the fourth round of the 2016 Formula One season in Russia (April 28-May 1)

P Zero White medium
P Zero Yellow soft
P Zero Red supersoft

These are the tyres that Pirelli has said must be used at some point in the race:

One set of P Zero White medium
One set of P Zero Yellow soft.

Each driver must have both these sets available for the race, and must use at least one of them.

There are the tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:
One set of P Zero Red supersoft

Following on from the 2016 regulations, each driver must save for Q3 one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds. This set will be given back to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race – as is the case currently.

The teams are free to choose the remaining sets; making up 13 sets in total for the weekend.

Confirmation that Pirelli will not be taking the Ultra Soft compound to the Russian Grand Prix means the compound is unlikely to make its debut until the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May.

Formula One: Wet weather test scheduled for Pirelli

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Pirelli have announced plans to complete a wet weather test session at the Paul Ricard Circuit on the 25th and 26th of this month.

Scuderia Ferrari, Mclaren, and Red Bull Racing will be in attendance.

The purpose of the session will be to test wet weather tyre prototypes. For the session only wet weather tyres will be used.

Teams are expected to confirm the driver line up for the session in the coming days.

Formula One: Ultrasoft compound set for Sochi debut at the earliest

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Pirelli will bring the following three compounds to Bahrain and China for the second and third rounds of the 2016 Formula One championship:

P Zero White medium
P Zero Yellow soft
P Zero Red supersoft

With the compounds for the Australian GP already announced this means the ultrasoft will not appear on the calender until the Russian GP, the 4th race of the season.

These are the tyres that Pirelli has said must be used at some point in the race:
One set of P Zero White medium
One set of P Zero Yellow soft.
Each driver must have both these sets available for the race, and must use at least oneof them.

There are the tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:
One set of P Zero Red supersoft
Following on from the 2016 regulations, each driver must save one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds for Q3. This set will be given back to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race – as is the case currently.

The teams are free to choose the remaining sets; making up 13 sets in total for the weekend.

The tyre choices so far:

Purple Red Yellow White Orange
Australia  Supersoft Soft Medium
Bahrain  Supersoft Soft Medium
China  Supersoft Soft Medium

Formula E – Michelin confirmed as sole tyre supplier through to season 5

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The World MotorSport Council (WMSC) confirmed Michelin as the single tyre supplier for the FIA Formula E Championship. The contracts will cover Seasons 3 (2016-2017), 4 (2017-2018) and 5 (2018-2019), subject to the finalisation of the corresponding agreements.

Full report here.

Opinion: A contract extension that was never really in doubt. Michelin’s supply to Formula E demonstrates long lasting tyres don’t negatively impact racing. Quite the opposite in fact. Other racing categories would do well to pay attention. Also interesting that the FIA announce tyre supply for this series and yet don’t appear to be the decision makers in other categories.