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Pirelli confirms tire selection for Spain, Monaco and Canada

Apr 11, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

A McLaren Formula One technician checks Pirelli tyres in Spa-Francorchamps Reuters

Pirelli has confirmed its tire selections for the Spanish, Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix which are set to take place in May and June, and will round out the first third of the 2014 season.

For the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Italian tire supplier will bring its most durable two compounds – medium and hard – due to the abrasive nature of the track. Last year’s Spanish Grand Prix was won by Fernando Alonso on a four-stop strategy which was also used by a number of other drivers. The same tire nomination was made for this race.

At Monaco, Pirelli will offer teams the softest available compounds – super-soft and soft – due to the low rate of degradation around the streets of the principality. This will be the first time that the red ringed super-soft tire is used, with it being the fastest compound used in Formula 1.

For the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in June, the same tire selection has been made: soft and super-soft.

To summarize:

  • 2014 Spanish Grand Prix - medium (option); hard (prime)
  • 2014 Monaco Grand Prix super-soft (option); soft (prime)
  • 2014 Canadian Grand Prix - super-soft (option); soft (prime)

After a tumultuous 2013 season, the waters appear to have calmed at Pirelli this year, and the tire choices for these grands prix are what was expected given the nature of each circuit.

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