All WRC teams this weekend ran the MICHELIN Motorsport-developed MICHELIN LTX Force gravel tyre that made its competitive debut on the 2014 Rally Finland. There they used just the ‘softer’ version of the tyre, the S4. In Australia they also ran the H4.
“It’s always a great pleasure for us to come to Singapore, which has consistently proved itself to be one of the most spectacular races of the year. Racing under the lights in such a vibrant city provides an amazing atmosphere that showcases Formula One at its very best..”
Starting in the 2004 season, and now in its eleventh year, the technical partnership established between Pirelli, the teams and riders of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship can today boast the record of the longest running control tyre supplier in the history of motorsports at international level
These extreme speeds have a profound effect on the tyres. At full speed, which is frequently the case during a lap of Monza, a Formula One tyre is often subjected to a downforce load up to 1000 kilograms. Another important aspect is that the high speeds generate a huge centrifugal force on the tyre itself.
The choice for the brand-new Sochi circuit in Russia is much more complex, as there has not yet been any representative running on the track.
Featuring 315.30 competitive kilometres, Rally Australia is based in the town of Coffs Harbour, a one-hour flight north of Sydney. The stages use mainly public shire roads with a hard gravel base.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won in Monza, Pirelli’s home race held half an hour’s drive from the company’s HQ in Milan…
He is now seventh in the all-time list of grand prix winners, surpassing fellow Briton Sir Jackie Stewart.
The winning strategy last year was a one-stopper, with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel starting on the medium tyre and then switching to the hard on lap 23
Motorsport Tyres Victoria has seen the prominence of the event as the natural fit for Hankook, with owner Russell Palmer supporting the event in many ways, including tyre advice, sales and support leading up to the event and throughout the weekend.
The changeable weather meant that both hard- and soft-compound tyres were used at different times depending on the teams’ respective strategies. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport H2 (hard) was the preferred choice for Friday’s dry roads, but the softer S2 version was the chief option for the remainder of the rally, including for the visits to the notoriously punishing Panzerplatte test.