Pirelli have announced the tyre compounds they are to take to the third and fourth races in the 2017 Formula One championship in Bahrain and Russia.
In Bahrain, Pirelli will be taking the medium, soft and super soft tyres, unsurprising given the night time start and the long straights the circuit is made up of. Either the medium or soft tyre must be used during the race, with the super soft designated the ‘qualifying tyre’.
Russia has historically had very low degradation, with Pirelli taking the soft tyres in the range. Either the soft or super soft must be used during the race, with the ultra soft used in qualifying. Such has been the degradation over the last few seasons in Sochi, it has easily been a one stop race, although it is yet to be seen what the new cars will do to strategy.
Along with the tyre compounds for Bahrain and Russia, Pirelli confirmed that after their extensive testing programme this summer with the new larger tyres in use for the 2017 season, a new generation of compound will be used, which is already classed as providing less degradation. This all-new philosophy will be exclusively used for the first part of the season, although Pirelli have homologated the old style compound as a back up. They will also provide the allocation for the first five races and not the teams, given the new tyres.