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Pirelli reveals tyre choices for first F1 races of 2017

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has announced the tyre selections for the first two races of the 2017 season.

Pirelli reveals tyre choices for first F1 races of 2017
2017 Pirelli tyres
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Mario Isola, Pirelli Racing Manager and Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director reveal the 2017 Pirelli F1 tyres
2017 Pirelli tyres
The 2017 Pirelli F1 tyres

With the compounds for the long-haul events needing to be made 15 weeks in advance, the Italian tyre supplier has already revealed its tyre choices for the Australian and Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled for March 24-26 and April 7-9.

Pirelli will take the ultrasoft, the supersoft and the soft tyres to the season opener in Melbourne, with either a set of the soft or the supersoft acting as the mandatory tyres that must be used in the race.

The ultrasoft will be the tyre chosen for Q3.

For China, the supersoft, the soft and the medium will be used, one of the last two to be used at least once during the race.

The supersoft is the compound assigned for Q3.

Pirelli said it will also have back-up compounds alongside each of the five new base compounds, the former "using a more traditional criteria compared to the new base compounds".

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council announced earlier this year that, for the first five races, all drivers would use the same compounds, leaving the choices down to Pirelli because the first grand prix of the season was too close to the date when teams had to choose their compounds.

Next year's tyres will be 25mm wider than this year.

 

 

 

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