Pirelli Preview: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Everything you need to know from the Italian tyres manufacturer about the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: the track, tyres available and more
The end of the season is finally here, but before the final celebrations, there's still another Grand Prix to do.
The Yas Marina lights are ready to host the last GP of the season, giving a wonderful landscape to say goodbye to the entire Paddock, but most of all to Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne, Marcus Ericsson and Esteban Ocon. Some of them will maybe come back on the grid in the future, but it stll going to be an emotional one, especially for Fernando Alonso.
Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, will bring in Abu Dhabi the red SuperSoft, the purple UltraSoft and the pink HyperSoft. This is the last time we will see the Pirelli rainbow for the tyres nomination, as the 2019 tyres will feature only three permanent colours: white, yellow and red.
The winniing strategy is usually a one stopper, as it was the one used by last year's winner Valtteri Bottas, who switched from UltraSoft to SuperSoft.
These soft tyres have small degradation on a circuit like Yas Marina, with a smooth and not especially demanding track.
"Once again we're bringing a tyre nomination that's somewhat softer than previous years, with the hypersoft selected for only the sixth time of the year, and only for the third time on a permanent race venue." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of car racing. "Nonetheless, the hypersoft is not entirely new to Abu Dhabi, as it was first run there a week ago, making Yas Marina the only track where the hypersoft has previously tested and will now be raced. How it actually performs in race conditions at the circuit, especially with regard to strategy, is going to be interesting to see - and of course those tactics will already begin in qualifying on Saturday. Once again, the teams will get a chance to test next year's tyres after the race: of course they will run on 2018 cars, but this test will nonetheless provide a useful taste of the future."
Here are the tyres choices per driver for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.