Pirelli, the exclusive tire supplier of Formula One, has recently revealed its chosen compounds for the upcoming United States, Mexico, and Brazil Grands Prix. The Italian tire manufacturer made a significant announcement, accompanied by the exciting news that a new compound, slated for 2024, will undergo rigorous trials at the iconic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico.
Pirelli’s tire compounds for the Austin and Interlagos races mirror last year’s selections, consisting of the C2 hard, C3 medium, and C4 soft compounds. However, the Mexican Grand Prix sees a notable shift to softer selections compared to its previous edition. For Mexico, Pirelli has opted for the C3 hard, C4 medium, and C5 soft compounds, a strategic move aimed at adapting to the specific demands and performance expectations of the circuit.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will play a pivotal role as the testing ground for a new iteration of the C4 compound. Teams will receive two additional sets per driver of this experimental compound, which will be available for use during the two hours of Friday’s free practice. This initiative is expected to provide crucial data that will contribute significantly to the formulation of the 2024 tire compounds.
The selection of tire strategies and compounds by Pirelli is closely aligned with the unique characteristics of each circuit. The consistent nomination of the C2, C3, and C4 compounds throughout the season underscores their universal applicability and performance reliability. Additionally, the upcoming trials of the new C4 compound demonstrate Pirelli’s commitment to evolving and enhancing its tire offerings for Formula One teams.
In a parallel development, the introduction of a Sprint weekend format at the Circuit of the Americas, along with the already familiar sprint format at Interlagos, introduces an exciting additional layer of strategic depth. Teams will have to navigate a single practice session and the rapid-fire competitive intensity of the Sprints, making tire management and strategic foresight paramount in securing a competitive advantage.
As the season progresses, the tire compounds for the concluding races in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi remain under wraps. Historically, Pirelli’s tire selections for these events have featured the C5, C4, and C3 compounds, making them races to watch out for in terms of tire strategy and performance.