Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Supersoft and medium tyres from Pirelli in Australia // The first four races of the year get their tyre compounds allocated by Pirelli

Published by Christine Blachford

Supersoft and medium tyres from Pirelli in Australia
Credit: Pirelli S.p.A.
Supersoft and medium tyres from Pirelli in Australia audio waveform

With the season opener just a few weeks away, F1’s tyre supplier Pirelli have confirmed the compounds they will bring to the first four races of the year. For the Australian Grand Prix, drivers will have the choice between the supersoft and medium compounds, which is one step further apart than we saw last year. It was soft and mediums in 2012, and bringing the supersofts this year, along with the knowledge the compounds are softer anyway, there’ll be some strategy at play in Albert Park.

Malaysia and China retain their compound lineups from 2012 with the medium and hards, and the medium and softs respectively.

The Bahrain Grand Prix will feature a different set of tyres this year, with Pirelli choosing to bring the hard and soft tyres rather than the soft and mediums we saw in 2012. Pirelli explain the choice, saying: “This is designed to ensure plenty of speed in qualifying coupled with the durability needed for the race, which is often held in high temperatures.”

Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

On this day in '02, the FIA confirmed the Australian GP could go ahead for that year, but why had it been in doubt?

F1 team launches
Haas F1 TeamBarcelona, Spain21 Feb
McLaren HondaBarcelona, Spain21 Feb
Williams Martini RacingBarcelona, Spain22 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain23 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain24 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain25 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain3 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain4 Mar

An Aside with Joe