UNCHANGED NOMINATIONS FOR SINGAPORE, JAPAN AND QATAR – IN NAME AT LEAST
Once the European part of the season is over, Formula 1 undertakes the final push with eight races in just over two months, travelling from the Far East to North and South America. Pirelli has announced the tyre nominations for the first three of those races, which are similar – at least in name – to last year’s selections. However, this year’s C1, to be used at the Japanese and Qatar Grands Prix, is a new compound that is slightly softer than last year's C1 (now called C0, which has so far never used in a race weekend).
In Singapore, as is usual for a street circuit, the softest trio of compounds has been selected: C3 as P Zero White hard, C4 as P Zero Yellow medium and C5 as P Zero Red soft. This combination offers maximum grip on a twisty and demanding track for the tyres like Marina Bay, especially under traction and braking.
At Suzuka – one of the most challenging tracks for drivers yet severe layouts for tyres – there will instead be the hardest nomination used so far in 2023: C1 as P Zero White hard, C2 as P Zero Yellow medium and C3 as P Zero Red soft.
Formula 1 will return for the second time in its history to the Losail circuit in Qatar, which made its debut in 2021. This is another harsh circuit on tyres with an additional unknown factor thanks to completely new asphalt, alongside a new paddock infrastructure (with the venue now set to remain on the calendar for at least the next 10 years). Just like Japan, Pirelli will bring the C1 as P Zero White hard, C2 as P Zero Yellow medium and C3 as P Zero Red soft to Qatar.