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Pirelli confirm single step compound difference for Australia // Medium and soft compounds dominate early 2014 races

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Pirelli confirm single step compound difference for Australia
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F1’s sole tyre supplier Pirelli have announced the compounds they will be bringing to the first four rounds of the 2014 season, with all bar Malaysia running the mediums and softs. Sepang will feature the hard and medium compounds, as the rubber will have to deal with the higher temperatures there.

The single step between compounds has been chosen because, after reviewing the data from pre-season testing, Pirelli have concluded that the gaps between the tyres are larger than they were this time last year.

Motorsport director Paul Hembery says: “The conclusion we can draw so far is that the 2014 tyres are more consistent and wear less than their predecessors, without compromising performance. We’re also meeting another of our objectives with one more step towards the reduction of ‘marbles’ on the track.” He also adds that the tyres have been selected for the first four rounds, with the expectation there will be the regular two to three pit stops per car.