After what seemed a long winter break, finally Formula 1 comes back in full action with the usual inaugural Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, Australia.
Last year Sebastian Vettel threw up the characteristic Australian trophy, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen. From there on, a heated battle went on almost until the end of the Championship, which saw Lewis Hamilton winning his fifth World Title.
The German opted, as the majority of drivers, for a one pit- stop strategy. The Australian track is basically a street circuit, with many quick corners between the beautiful green areas of Albert Park. The track is usually slippery at the start of the weekend, and it is not always easy to bring tyres up to temperature.
Take a look at Pierre Gasly’s virtual lap around the circuit to discover every detail of the street circuit in Albert Park, thanks to Mobil 1 The Grid.
Pirelli, the Italian tyres manufacturer, as it is known, has changed his tyres nomination, opting to use colours to distinguish them: white for the hardest, yellow for the medium and red for the softest compound nominated for the race.
Pirelli has selected C2, C3 and C4 compounds for the first race of the season.
“Our C2, C3, and C4 hard, medium and soft nominations this year are roughly equivalent to the 2018 medium, soft and ultrasoft compounds.” Said Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of F1 and Car Racing. “This should allow drivers to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint. After a very productive test in Barcelona, we feel satisfied that the 2019 tyre range is on course to meet our objectives of combining performance with durability. Of course, there are still a number of aspects – such as degradation over the length of a stint – that will only be revealed after free practice in Australia. One other important consideration in Australia will be seeing how the new aero rules work, and if this leads to more overtaking – which is difficult to establish during testing.”
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Here are the tyres nomination for each driver; as you can notice, Charles Leclerc is the only one from the top team with a different tyres choice.