x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Pirelli to go with medium and soft compounds for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Pirelli, Formula One's official tyre provider, has decided what compound tyres the 12 race teams will run at the Yas Marina Circuit for the Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Pirelli, Formula One's official tyre provider, announced Friday that the Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next month will see the 12 race teams compete on medium and soft tyres.

The Italian manufacturer has acquired a significant amount of data from the UAE capital as Yas Marina Circuit was the scene of Pirelli's first F1 test session last year.

Pirelli said the combination of the medium and soft compounds, already used in five races this year, including in Japan on Sunday, will be well adapted to the varied characteristics of the Abu Dhabi track.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director, said he is confident that the tyres will suit the circuit well.

Pirelli's tyres have been deliberately designed to degrade quickly, much faster than the Bridgestone tyres used in F1 last year, and this will almost certainly lead to teams making at least two pit stops during the racing at Yas Marina on November 13.