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Pirelli announces tyre compounds for opening four races of 2019

  • Published on 10 Dec 2018 14:47
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

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.

2019 tyre compounds

Grand Prix

C1

   C2

     C3   C4         C5
Australia         X        X      X           
Bahrain        X       X        X                   
China         X        X        X         
Azerbaijan         X        X      X           

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  • Had we not had the descriptive text in the article body, this table would've said very little to me. Which kinda is a concerning start. Say what you want about the SS, US and H, at least it did say us something. Pirelli just went a bit haywire with the amount of compounds.

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    • Dec 10 2018 - 19:55
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 501

    Why not brand them:
    Wear out straight away
    Wear out after a little bit
    Wear out after a little bit longer, and finally
    Don’t ever think they will last a whole race

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    • Dec 10 2018 - 20:55
    • Isnt WOSA, WOAALB, WOAALBL and DOETTWLAWL a bit too unwieldy to have as abbreviations, though?

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      • Dec 10 2018 - 21:18
    • RogerF1

      Posts: 501

      Probably, but I like the line of thought. I was going to make ‘C’ for Crap, as per Crap 1, Crap 2... but the better side of me thought it a bit unkind. Just the whole tyre approach seems not right, I’m too old fashioned want to see it slugged out on the circuit not on enforced pit stops. Maybe if everyone had one, same compound per race and borderline reaching the end and then yes, tweak the compounds per the desmans of certain circuits?

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      • Dec 10 2018 - 23:07
    • RogerF1

      Posts: 501

      .....demands.

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      • Dec 10 2018 - 23:08
    • I know I know, I was just pulling your leg a little. :) I kinda like your idea, yet I think the current system would work well enough had we not needed 3000 official compounds for Pirelli to make things work.

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      • Dec 11 2018 - 18:35

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