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Pirelli chooses softer compounds for first ‘Alternative Tire Allocation’ weekend RaceFans

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Pirelli has nominated softer rubber compounds for subsequent month’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, the place Formulation 1’s new ‘Various Tire Allocation’ shall be used for the primary time.

F1 is testing the ATA over two race weekends this 12 months as a part of an effort to find out if it could possibly scale back the variety of tires it makes use of with out negatively impacting competitors.

Drivers shall be allowed to make use of solely 11 units of tires as an alternative of the same old 13 units. On a typical weekend, every driver is given eight units of sentimental tires, three units of medium and two units of laborious tires. ATA will change that to 4 units of sentimental, 4 medium and three laborious at Imola and can do one other race once more this 12 months.

ATA additionally specifies which tires drivers can use at every stage of qualifying. They may solely be allowed to make use of laborious compound tires in Q1, medium tires in Q2 and smooth tires in Q3.

When requested by RaceFans final month, some riders expressed concern in regards to the plan to implement ATA at Imola because of the low temperatures sometimes seen on the observe. Final 12 months’s race noticed the bottom temperatures of the season: ambient temperatures peaked at simply 14C throughout the grand prix, whereas the observe floor solely reached 18C.

“I hope it will not be chilly in Imola. In any other case it will likely be fairly tough,” stated Max Verstappen.

Pirelli responded by selecting the softest tire vary for the Imola this 12 months. With the C3 and C4 specification, the C5 shall be used, which is one notch softer than the one used final 12 months.

This sequence of tires shall be used for the primary time within the subsequent spherical of the championship in Azerbaijan, as final 12 months. Compound choice for the Miami Grand Prix has not modified both: Drivers could have C2, C3 and C4 compounds.

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