Pirelli's Mario Isola has called the Circuit of the Americas one of the hardest tracks of the year to predict in terms of tyre wear, ahead of this weekends Grand Prix. For the first time Pirelli are bringing the ultra soft tyres to Austin for the first time, in line with this years trend of bringing much softer tyres due to the low tyre degradation of this years compounds.
For this weekend the usually purple ultra soft tyres will be painted pink to commend the work of the Susan G Komen foundation, and the introduction of these tyres, Isola says, should break the lap record around the track, which is currently held by Sebastian Vettel set during the very first race on the circuit.
Isola said this ahead of the Grand Prix: “For America, we’re once again taking a softer range of compounds that we have done for previous races there, with the ultra-soft available in Austin for the first time. Austin though is one of the hardest tracks to predict, also due to variable weather, and we’ve seen quite a variety of pit strategies there in the past. These could involve all three compounds this time, with the soft being a good potential option for the race as well.”
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