[PIRELLI] SMOOTH SURFACE, RAPID HYPERSOFT, LOW DEGRADATION.
• The race returns to an autumn date, as it was up until 2016.
• Wear and degradation levels are generally low, but the hypersoft is effectively two steps softer than the softest compound brought to Russia last year: the 2017 ultrasoft.
• Last year’s winning strategy was a one-stopper: Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas took his first-ever victory in Formula 1 by going from the ultrasoft to the supersoft on lap 27.
• The most demanding corner, which takes the most out of the tyres, is Turn 3: a multi-apex left-hander.
• The front-right tyre works hardest over the course of the 5.848-kilometre lap, which puts the emphasis on traction and braking.
“With another step between the compounds and the same nominations as Singapore, we hope to see the same sort of strategic variations that we had at the last race, but in a very different context at the Sochi circuit. This is a low severity track, with a smooth surface featuring low wear and degradation, and it’s in theory the ideal playing field for the hypersoft. However, as this tyre has never been run in Russia before, the teams are going to have to understand its characteristics as quickly as possible during the free practice sessions in order to see how it would fit into a potential race strategy. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Pink hypersoft will work on this track, especially through the demanding Turn 3.”WHAT’S NEW?
• Formula 2 and GP3 resumes at the final race close to Europe of the year, after missing Singapore.
• Russian driver Alexey Lukyanuk was confirmed as European Rally Champion after the Rally of Poland last weekend. It’s the fourth year in a row that Pirelli has clinched the European title.
• Pirelli completed another 2019 tyre development test last week, with Mercedes and Ferrari at Paul Ricard. The next test will be straight after the Japanese Grand Prix, with Renault at Suzuka for two days.
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