A he mixes hard and soft are used on the Buddh Circuit . Since Pirelli doesn't have any data on the track, which is still under construction, they don't want to risk anything. The asphalt should be very rough. In addition, high temperatures are to be expected. Accordingly, the tires are also extremely demanding.
Option and Prime swapped
Usually the faster tire is provided as an option variant. In India, the slower but longer lasting mixture is given as an option. The soft tire then becomes the prime version. This gives the teams the opportunity to try out more of the soft mix in free practice.
'India is a great stranger to all of us,' says Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery. 'That's why we take the most durable, hard tire with us, so that we are prepared for anything.'
After the test last season, Pirelli is very familiar with Abu Dhabi and supplies the medium and tire types Soft available. The same applies to the season finale in Brazil. This mix has already been used five times this season. 'The combination of medium and soft has brought us close races in the past, lots of overtaking maneuvers and lots of interesting pit stop strategies,' says Hembery.