Pirelli has announced the compound selection it will supply to the final two grands prix of the 2016 season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. The exclusive tyre supplier has announced nominations for “long-haul events” – those outside Europe, and therefore further from its distribution hub –14 weeks in advance, in accordance with the latest set of F1 tyre regulations. All five of Pirelli’s slick compounds will be available to teams at the final two events, with Interlagos seeing the harder end of the scale, and Yas Marina the softer.
At round 20, held at Brazil’s Interlagos circuit on November 10-13, Pirelli will supply teams with the P Zero Orange hard, White medium, and Yellow soft. Each driver must have sets of both the P Zero Orange and White available for the race, and must use at least one of them, while one set of the P Zero Yellow must be saved for Q3. This set will be given back to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race.
At Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina on November 24-27, Pirelli will supply the P Zero Yellow soft, Red supersoft, and Purple ultrasoft. The latter is – as the softest tyre, the compound nominated for Q3, while the former two are the race nominations, of which one must be used.
On both events, as usual, he teams are free to choose the remaining 10 sets; making up 13 sets in total for the weekend.