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Pirelli Preview: Bahrain Grand Prix

Everything you need to know from the Italian tyres manufacturer ahead of the second Grand Prix of the season in Baharain.

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Pirelli Preview: Bahrain Grand Prix
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After an hectic start of the season in the world Down Under, which saw Bottas winning the first Grand Prix of the season with a smashing performance, Formula 1 is ready for the second round in Baharain.

The Baharain GP is one of three GP during the season to happen under artificial lights, giving a perfect enviroment for those beautiful singleseaters.

Last year Sebastian Vettel won the GP, marking his second win of the season; this year, the Ferrari driver and Hamilton will haunt Bottas for the win and to conquer the extra point given for the fastest lap of the race.

As usual, tyres strategies will play a fundamental part of the race; Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, has selected for this abrasive track surface the hardest compounds available for the race, the C1 (hard), C2 (medium) and C3 (soft) compound, which will be coloured respectively in white, yellow and red.

The race will start at 6 pm local time, which means there will be some differences between the sessions thanks to the falling temperatures.

After the race weekend, the first in-season test of 2019 will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. McLaren and Toro Rosso will dedicate two days of testing to Pirelli’s 2020 prototype tyres, each running a second car on both days for this purpose.

“We have seen some exciting tactical battles previously in Bahrain, notably last year, and hopefully there is even more potential for that this year." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "The C1 and C2 compounds that are the hard and medium choices this weekend are actually a little softer than the hard and medium tyres last year, which should make them even more well suited to the track. Although the key to Bahrain is managing the rear tyres, not many teams have chosen an extra set of the hard compound. As always, the challenge consists of dealing with the traction demands on a variable track with falling temperatures, as well as the roughest asphalt of the year”.

Here are the tyres sets selected for each driver.

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