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Pirelli reveals 2016 Australian GP tyre choices

It's only December, but the countdown for the 2016 F1 season is already on as Pirelli reveals its 'free' tyre allocation for the Australian GP
Pirelli has revealed which three compounds it will be making available for teams ahead of 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season opener, the Australian Grand Prix.

New for 2016, teams will be able to choose between three compounds for a race weekend in an effort to give it more flexibility over strategies. Of the 13 seats being made available over the course of a race weekend, Pirelli will choose two for the race, one of which must be used during the race.

As part of the tweaks, Pirelli is making its tyre selections known 15 weeks before an overseas F1 event, leaving teams with just one week with which to make their selections. This reduces to nine weeks for European events.

For the Australian Grand Prix – which takes place at Albet Park on 20th March -, Pirelli have selected the following compounds.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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December 11, 2015 4:02 PM
Last Edited 26 days ago

Thank you Pirelli for making everything so nice and clear for the average viewer then. The current Mrs Carrera will be made up with how much more simple F1 is to understand now.


December 14, 2015 3:45 PM

nealio: So if the medium and the soft must be used during the race the only way to use another compound is to make at least two stops during the race. based on the number of one stop races last year that isn't much of a change. Any strategy using the third compound has to take into account the compromises to the handling of the car. It's impossible to maximize the chassis using three different compounds especially when Pirelli has promised larger lap time differences between compounds.
I interpreted this to be teams must use one of the soft or medium (Pirelli mandated tires) for race. I think the only reason for doing so would be to prohibit teams from running the super-duper softs for the whole race.

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