Pirelli has announced what tyres it will bring to the opening five races of the 2019 season. The Italian marque has changed the way it will identify tyres next year, calling the compounds on any given weekend the hard, medium and soft.
It has cut its range of seven dry compounds from 2018 to five for 2019. The hardest available compound is labelled 'C1' while the softest is called 'C5'.
The C2 and C3 will make an appearance at each of the opening four races of the year. In all of the events bar Bahrain, 'C2' will act as the hardest tyre. Pirelli will use the 'C1' compound as its hard tyre at the Sahkir International Circuit.
'C3' will be the middle compound at Australia, China and Azerbaijan, while the soft tyre will be 'C4' at all races except Bahrain, which will use the 'C3' as the softest available compound.
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