PIRELLI NOMINATES THE COMPOUNDS FOR THE START OF 2024
Just a few days after the 2023 season concludes, preparations are already underway for next year. As a result, Pirelli has already communicated the selection for the first three races next year in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.
All five compounds homologated for 2024 - with the C0 now having been omitted - will be used in the first part of the season. Compared to the initial selections for the championship last year there’s a new selection for Australia, scheduled from March 22-24. Albert Park will now use the three softest tyres in the range: C3 as Hard, C4 as Medium, and C5 as Soft. This selection is based on the data gathered this year, with the aim of offering more strategy options.
The two Middle East races will have the same tyres as last year. In Sakhir, from 29 February to March 2, is one of the toughest races for tyres and so will use the C1, C2, and C3. One week later in Jeddah, the tyres will be a step softer: C2 as the Hard, C3 as the Medium, and C4 as the Soft.
All the drivers will get the chance to try out all five compounds during the five days of official testing which will take place as usual from 21-23 February in Sakhir. The FSC® logo will appear there for the first time on all the tyres, marking the first occasion that a competition tyre range has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, ensuring total accountability throughout the supply chain and guaranteeing that the plantations from which the tyre’s components are sourced are managed in a way that preserves biodiversity and benefits local communities and workers, enhancing economic sustainability.