Pirelli has announced the tyre choices that will be available to teams for the F1 races in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.
In Belgium, the longest and one of the fastest tracks of the year, teams will run with the two hardest tyres from the range – the hard and the medium. This is because Spa-Francorchamps puts the highest vertical load on the front tyres of all the circuits in the 2013 F1 schedule, mainly due to the famous Eau Rouge corner.
For Pirelli's home race in Italy, the hard and the medium compounds will be used once more.
“Whereas Spa is characterised by a lot of fast corners, Monza is all about high-speed straights. Here, the tyres are subjected to very high longitudinal forces and blistering can be an issue due to the stress put on the tyres under braking. Therefore, the two hardest compounds are also the ideal choice at this race,” Pirelli explained.
Singapore, by contrast, will be run with the medium and supersoft - with the softest tyre in the range making its first appearance since Canada.
“Singapore is a street circuit run at night, which places unique demands on the tyres. The tight and twisty corners make the supersoft the ideal tyre to generate traction and grip, while the medium tyre adds extra durability into the strategy mix,” Pirelli stated.
All the tyres will be in the same specification as used from Hungary with the 2012 construction matched to the 2013 compounds.
“The second half of the season starts off with two of the fastest and most demanding races for tyres of the year, in Belgium and Italy. Singapore is a completely different challenge: the final street race of the season, which is ideal territory for the supersoft tyres," Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery added.
"As always, our selections have concentrated on providing the best opportunities for strategy as well as the most effective race tyres.”