The Formula 1 cars are ready to rumble in Austin, Texas, a Grand Prix that will maybe give us a new world champion.
Pirelli, the Italian tyres manufacturer, has selected the yellow Soft, the red SuperSoft and the purple UltraSoft for its own sponsored Grand Prix.
Last year Lewis Hamilton won the GP with a one pit stop strategy, followed by Ferrari’s driver Sebastian Vettel, who managed to arrive second with a two pit stop strategy.
"As was the case last year, we expect a few different strategies to be possible at Austin, but due to the frequently variable weather and wide range of track characteristics, this is always quite a hard race to predict." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "In recent years, the asphalt that made its debut in 2012 has stabilised, but it will be particularly important for the teams to get a comprehensive read on the latest conditions in free practice to prepare an optimal strategy. This isn’t always obvious in Austin, although there are several opportunities to overtake on track as well, as we saw last year. In 2018, this race is of particular importance to us, as Pirelli is the grand prix title sponsor. This underlines the significance of the United States to our company, with the very first P Zero World store being opened in Los Angeles two years ago.”
Here are the tyres choices per driver for the Austin Grand Prix.