Pirelli have nominated their tyres for the first four races of the 2013 season

Cars to use supersofts in Melbourne for the first time

By Mike Wise.   Last Updated: 13/02/13 2:26pm

  • Share:
Supersoft tyre: Will be used in Melbourne

Supersoft tyre: Will be used in Melbourne

Pirelli have nominated their tyres for the first four races of the 2013 season, with supersofts to be used for the first time in Melbourne.

The red-walled tyre will be used alongside the white medium for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 17. The Italian supplier is hoping the full step in tyre compound will bring a performance gap that allows for more strategy choices.

F1 on Sky Sports in 2013

Sky Sports F1 is the only place to watch every grand prix live in 2013.

Our dedicated F1 channel will broadcast every race, qualifying and practice session live, along with highlights shows, analysis and even more coverage via the Red Button.

Find out more at sky.com

A combination of hard and medium tyres will be used in Malaysia seven days later. Pirelli says this is because of the "high temperatures and abrasive surface that is a well-known characteristic of the Far Eastern track".

Medium and soft tyres are nominated for the Chinese Grand Prix on April 14 while the Bahrain Grand Prix the following week features, like Australia, a new nomination.

Teams will use the hard and soft compound at the Sakhir circuit. Pirelli says that "this is designed to ensure plenty of speed in qualifying coupled with the durability needed for the race, which is again often held in high temperatures".

F1 rules state that each car can use six sets of the harder (prime) compound and five sets of the softer (option) compound for a dry race weekend. Each must be used during the race.

Pirelli will also bring its green intermediate tyre for damp track conditions (four sets) as well as the blue rain tyre (three sets) to each race.

The coming season features softer slick compounds across the board as Pirelli aims to provide exciting racing. The construction of the tyres has also changed to give a bigger 'footprint' on the track surface.

Tyre nominations
Australia - Supersoft and Medium
Malaysia - Medium and Hard
China - Soft and Medium
Bahrain - Soft and Hard

  • Share:

Related

Here comes 2013!

Alonso and Vettel in the dark

Title rivals Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have predicted an even closer contest at the front of the grid in 2013

The Sky F1 team

Sky F1's 2013 predictions

Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Simon Lazenby, Natalie Pinkham and David Croft look into a fascinating future...

F1 2013: Bursts into life at Albert Park on March 15

What's new in F1 2013?

The sport's technical regulations may have altered little over the winter but plenty else has ahead of the new season.

Most Popular

Features

Under the skin

Under the skin

Ted Kravitz explains the unique placing of the oil tank on the 2014 Ferrari - and the problems it's causing.

Hungary GP analysis

Hungary GP analysis

What would have happened if Hamilton had let Rosberg by? And did Mercedes miss a trick with Lewis?

Power vacuum

Power vacuum

Mark Hughes on the blood-letting at Ferrari after a unique approach led to compromised results.