The Rallye de France-Alsace has visited asphalt stages in the Vosges Mountains and Alsatian vineyards since 2010 and features a variety of surface types, ranging from sections where damp portions can linger under tree cover, to faster, wider portions, not to mention the lanes which crisscross the local vineyards that can be slippery in places because of loose gravel.
Japan is characterised by high lateral energy loads, combined with some of the lowest longitudinal demands seen all year. Turn 15, known as 130R, is taken entirely flat at speeds in excess of 300kph. This puts a sustained load onto the tyres, subjecting them (and the driver) to massive g-forces.
Teams equipped with Dunlop tyres this season have been highly successful in the LMP2 category of both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series.
This allowed Vettel to claim the lead in the closing stages of the race, illustrating perfectly how tyre strategy can make a crucial difference. With a time gap of around two seconds between the compounds, all the drivers started on the faster supersoft.
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.