The wait is over: the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship is about to start. The 2020 cars will start their first run for the glory in Melbourne, at the Albert Park circuit, a semi-permanent circuit in the city's park.
The Australian Grand Prix has been the opener GP since 1996, except for the 2006 and 2010 editions. As a semi-permanent facility, it's ofter very dirty at the start of the weekend.
Pirelli, the Italian tyre manufacturer, has selected exactly the same tyres available last year: C2 as the P Zero White hard tyre, C3 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 as the P Zero Red soft.
Last year Pole Position was scored by Lewis Hamilton who, on Sunday, only finished second. The winner was his team mate Valtteri Bottas, who switched from Soft to Medium, with a one stop strategy. The Mercedes drivers were joined on podium by Max Verstappen.
“Tyre-wise, the drivers should be well-prepared for Melbourne, as they have exactly the same selection as last year, so there should be plenty of relevant data." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of F1 and Car Racing. "Perhaps the only question mark concerns how these tyres perform on the 2020 cars, which have already proved to be a lot faster than their predecessors, but plenty of information about this was gathered at pre-season testing in Barcelona last month. In the recent past, Australia has been a one-stop race for most drivers, and for now there’s no reason to think why it should be different this year, which marks the start to the end of an era: the final season of 13-inch tyres in Formula 1.”
Here are the tyres selections per driver for the inaugural Grand Prix of the season in Australia.