Monday, 6 April 2015

Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix Preview

(Pirelli Motorsport Media)

Pirelli have confirmed that they will bring the white walled Medium and yellow walled Soft tyre compounds to this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. 

It is the second time this season that this combination has been used as they were brought to the season opening Australian Grand Prix last month.

Pirelli expect the performance deficit between each tyre will be between 1.2 to 1.4 seconds. Last years’ Chinese Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton took the victory using a two stop strategy.
The Shanghai circuit brings with it extremely high acceleration out of the corners which means that drivers will be hoping that they don’t experience wheel-spin as this will result in a high levels of degradation. 

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery stated:

The weather tends to be quite unpredictable in China, although generally we can expect to see temperatures that are significantly cooler than those we experienced in Malaysia. Last year we had reasonably stable weather conditions in China whereas in previous years it has been more up and down – so this throws in a very interesting variable. The front-left tyre is the most stressed in Shanghai, while the traction demands of the circuit also give a lot of work to the rear tyres. Although we haven’t actually yet seen a very hot Chinese Grand Prix during our time in Formula One, if you look at the weather history there is potential for this to happen as well. This would make things very difficult for the tyres – Shanghai is a big, open circuit and if you add in heat, it creates a lot of energy – but we’ve seen from Malaysia that these tyres will rise to the challenge. As Shanghai is a large circuit there’s plenty of opportunity for overtaking and big on-track battles. Strategy-wise, we’d normally expect a two-stop race.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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