The season is almost over and the Paddock prepares for the penultimate race of the championship in Interlagos, Brazil.
The games are over for the big prizes, as both drivers and constructors championships have been assigned, but there still can be some open games in the midfield.
Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, has selected the C1 as the White hard tyre, the C2 as the Yellow medium, and the C3 as the Red soft for the Brazilian track. The nomination is a step harder compared to last year's to limit degradation and help drivers to push more in each stint.
Last year Lewis Hamilton won the Grand Prix, followed by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen. The Briton won with a one pit-stop strategy, going from SuperSoft to Medium. Thanks to the characteristics of the track a lot of variant strategies are available: there were five diffferente tactical approaches in the top six in 2018.
“Interlagos is nearly always an exciting grand prix, where there’s plenty going on: the compact track means that there’s generally quite a lot of overtaking, with drivers also having to go frequently off the racing line." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "It’s corner after corner, which keeps the tyres busy, and it’s an old school track with not much run off, so mistakes are generally punished. Add in the variable weather and probability of safety cars as well, and this tends to make for an unpredictable weekend. You have to be prepared for everything: we don’t know for sure yet which conditions we’ll be facing, but our choice of the hardest tyres means that the teams will be able to push hard even if they are running – as is likely – a one-stop strategy.”
Here are the setes available per driver for the Brazilian Grand Prix.