“As the weekend has gone on, we’ve had less emphasis on managing our allocation of just two sets of Michelin tyres across qualifying and the three races. The tyre life was good last year, but this year we were able to continue to push in all three races; we were able to run at the same pace for the whole race, there is no drop off.”
These two rounds will now officially be called the FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2014 (May 8-11) and the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2014 (July 24-27).
The energy efficiency of the LMP1 prototypes depends, amongst other factors, upon two fundamental parameters: their weight and their aerodynamic drag, both of which are significantly influenced by tyres.
The results of the final test showed an increased performance gap between the hard and the medium compound, and the medium and the soft compound: the two combinations of tyres that will be used at the first four races. This will give plenty of scope for the teams to formulate interesting strategies to boost their race prospects.
Mexico is the highest and one of the hottest rounds of the WRC, based around the country’s leather capital of Leon. Pirelli will bring the hard compound Scorpion XR5 tyre and the soft compound XR7.
Pirelli prescribes a maximum temperature of 110°C (230°F), which should not be exceeded at any point before the tyre takes to the track
Coming straight off the back of the previous four-day test in Bahrain last week, the teams will be able to keep up their testing momentum as they assess the four new slick compounds in the Pirelli range: P Zero Orange hard, P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft.
With no restrictions on the choice of tyre manufacturer that the Australian Off Road Championship can run, it was BFGoodrich Tires that were the pick of the winners in 2013, with no other tyre manufacturers standing on the top step of the podium last year.
Globally Michelin’s involvement with Carrera Cup is more than just supplying tyres; it is a technical partnership with designers from Michelin working closely with Porsche to develop a tyre that ensures the total performance of the cars on which it is fitted.
All the teams are expected to be present at the Bahrain test, as they continue to optimise the interaction between their radical new cars – with 1.6-litre turbocharged engines and advanced energy recuperation systems – and the latest generation of Pirelli tyres, which feature new compounds and constructions this year