What tires will teams and drivers have for the 2021 Russian Grand Prix?
This weekend’s Russian Grand Prix will see riders use the softer compounds in the Pirelli lineup for the first time since Austria, as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton prepare to return to battle in Sochi.
The title protagonists finished their Italian Grand Prix in spectacular fashion last time around, a collision at Turn 1 took them both out of the race at the halfway point. Now they arrive at Sochi Autodrom, just five points behind in the standings.
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Pirelli nominated C3 (hard), C4 (medium) and C5 (soft) tires for this event – the same allocation as in the 2020 Russian GP won by Valtteri Bottas. Each driver will receive this weekend two hards, three mediums and eight softs.
“We have seen in the past that there has been a lot of different strategic thinking, with the three compounds on the grid at the start of the race and different tactics during the Grand Prix,” said Mario, responsible for F1 and of the Pirelli car race. Isolated.
“Last year the supple C5 performed better than expected and grain levels were reduced on all compounds between free practice and the race, due to the high track evolution.
“In the past some riders even tried to switch to the hardest compound very early and tried to race to the end, but last year that was not entirely possible because nowadays the The asphalt has matured and is not as smooth as it once was. With the extra rubber on the track in the very busy support race schedule this time around, the track handling and grip should be further improved. “
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Pirelli noted that Russia is generally a one-stop affair, with last year’s winning strategy changing from medium to hard tires – while others started on soft tires and three drivers used all three. compounds in a two-stop strategy.
The final of the seven rounds of Formula 3 also takes place in Sochi with the hard white tire in use, while Formula 2 resumes this weekend on the same track in an unusual development. Yellow mediums and purple supersofts will be used for the last two rounds of the 2021 F2 season.
For more information on Pirelli Formula 1 tires, visit pirelli.com.