New tyre regulations to begin in Australia

Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery is looking forward to see how the new tyre regulations play out, starting at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

For the first time, Pirelli will bring three different dry weather compounds to a Grand Prix in Australia, with the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compounds in play. One each of the Medium and Soft must be held back until race day, while one of the Supersoft tyre sets must not be fitted until at least Q3 in qualifying on Saturday.

Hembery is unsure how it will all unfold during the weekend, and knows those who made the right choices will be revealed during Sunday’s race.

“With far reaching changes to tyre regulations compared to 2015, we expect strategy options to have extended considerably, with more possibilities open not only to each team but also every individual driver,” said Hembery.

“In fact, the tactical decisions for Albert Park already began last year, as each team nominated their tyres: only recently, like a poker game, did everyone have to finally show their hand.

“By Sunday afternoon in Melbourne, we’ll see who made the right choices.”

2016 Australian Grand Prix Driver Compound Choices

44Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes166
6Nico RosbergGERMercedes256
5Sebastian VettelGERFerrari256
7Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari256
77Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes157
19Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes157
3Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Tag Heuer247
26Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Tag Heuer247
20Kevin MagnussenDENRenault157
30Jolyon PalmerGBRRenault157
27Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-Mercedes256
11Sergio PerezMEXForce India-Mercedes256
33Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Ferrari247
55Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Ferrari247
14Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda157
22Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda157
9Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari166
12Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari256
94Pascal WehrleinGERManor-Mercedes445
88Rio HaryantoINOManor-Mercedes445
8Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas-Ferrari157
21Esteban GutierrezMEXHaas-Ferrari247