It is almost over: the Formula 1 Paddock will come alive for one last time for the 2019 season: although the games are over for the top teams, there are still points to conquer, the third position in the drivers championship is still uncertain. The fans are going to get ready to say farewell to Formula 1 until February 2020.
For this last Grand Prix of the season Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, has selected the C3 as the White hard, C4 as the Yellow medium, and C5 as the Red soft, the softest compounds available for the smooth surface of Yas Marina. The race starts in the late afternoon and ends in the evening. This makes FP1 and FP3 quite irrelevant, as they happen during daylight.
Last year Lewis Hamilton won the race with a one pit- stop strategy, going from UltraSoft to SuperSoft, followed by Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.
Immediately after the GP, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the teams will test the 2020 13" tyres, together with the 2019 compounds.
“Abu Dhabi marks the end of another very long season, but the work still continues for us after the grand prix, with a series of tests for both Formula 1 and Formula 2, using 13-inch tyres as well as 18-inch tyres." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "In total, we’ll bringing around 4500 tyres to Abu Dhabi, for racing and testing: more than double the usual quantity. The two-day official F1 test after the race will be particularly important, as it gives a chance for the teams to compare 2019 to 2020 tyres in representative conditions and with specifically adapted cars for the first time. Before then, we have one final grand prix to complete. There’s a strong chance that we could see more lap records broken again over the weekend, with the teams now having maximised their knowledge of the 2019 tyres.”
Here are the tyres sets available for each driver.