Following an extensive private testing - which covered more than 11,185 miles in Europe and the Middle East - plus three group tests, Pirelli has nominated its hard and soft dry tire compounds for the first four rounds of the 2011 Formula One World Championship in Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia and China.
The hard tire will be the prime tire, whereas the soft will be the option. This decision has been made in accordance with the track characteristics in the Middle and Far East, which offer high grip and a wide variety of speeds and corners, as well as ambient and track temperatures that are likely to be high.
The hard tire is said to offer a good balance between performance and durability in the tough conditions of the first four "flyaway" races. However, the soft tire will give extra speed at the expense of resistance, which will make for some interesting strategies as the teams compete with their new cars for the first time. Pirelli's aim is to have two pit stops at each race, helping to increase the spectacle.