Pirelli announces tyre choices for opening races
Pirelli has revealed which tyre compounds it will be taking to the opening four races of the 2014 season.
The opening round in Australia will see the medium (white) and soft (yellow) compounds in action, as will the third and fourth rounds in Bahrain and China.
The second round in Malaysia will see the hard (orange) paired with the medium.
Speaking about what Pirelli learnt during testing, Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery said: "The information gained over all three pre-season tests has helped us to come up with the tyre choices for the start of the season, having run with the new 2014 tyres in all conditions now: ranging from rain in Jerez to ambient temperatures exceeding 25 degrees centigrade in Bahrain.
"The conclusion we can draw so far is that the 2014 tyres are more consistent and wear less than their predecessors, without compromising performance. We're also meeting another of our objectives with one more step towards the reduction of 'marbles' on the track.
"The medium and soft compounds are well matched to the expected race conditions in Australia, Bahrain and China, providing what we expect to be the right balance between performance and strategy with two to three pit stops per car.
"The more abrasive and hotter conditions of Malaysia have led us to nominate the hard and medium compounds there, as we did last year."