Formula 1 sets up shop in Spain this week and Pirelli will be bringing its three hardest compounds in its range to Barcelona.
The Circuit de Catalunya notoriously imposes high demands on tyres, caused not only by the famous long and fast corners, but also by the abrasive surface and likelihood of warm weather.
As a regular testing venue, including two sessions earlier this year, Barcelona is the track that the teams probably know best – but a lot has changed since the last visit, just over two months ago…
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“This is the last race where allocations are fixed for every team: as of Monaco, drivers are making their own choices about the quantities of each compound they would like to nominate,” explains Pirelli racing boss Mario Isola.
“While Barcelona is a well-known venue, aerodynamic evolution of the cars, enhanced by the latest upgrade packages brought to Spain, mean that performance is increased but degradation levels could also be higher compared to testing.
“We can additionally expect weather conditions considerably warmer than February.”
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