Pirelli has just announced that its ultra-soft tyre will make its fourth F1 appearance at Singapore Grand Prix this coming September.
Pirelli, which is the exclusive tyre supplier for F1 Championships and FIM World Superbike Championship, has selected the ultra-softs, super-softs and softs available to F1 teams for the Singapore Grand Prix. This will be the fourth time this season that the company’s ultra-soft tyres will make a comeback.
According to the newly implemented 2016 FIA tyre regulations, the tyre selections for long-haul events have to be made 14 weeks in advance, whereas for European races the works have to be made in eight weeks in advance.
The purple-walled F1 tyre, which was previously been used in the Monaco Grand Prix, Canada and Austria, will be made available for the night race. Then, there is also a set of the soft or super-soft tyres that will be made available at some stage during the 61-lap race around Marina Bay.
In addition, the company also has nominated one set of the ultra-soft to be used in the final stages of qualifying, and this set will be returned back to Pirelli after the Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10. The F1 teams are free to choose the remaining 10 sets for use during the race.
Pirelli’s ultra-soft made its first Grand Prix debut in Canada and during the Formula One testing in Barcelona, Spain.
Based in Milan, Italy, Pirelli is a multinational company and is the world’s fifth-largest tyre manufacturer behind Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental and Goodyear. The company has been sponsoring motorsport competitions since 1907 and has become the exclusive tyre supplier for the Formula One Championships since 2011.
Pirreli has become the sole tyre supplier in Formula One racing after the American firm Bridgestone withdrew from the role in 2010. The company has also competed in Formula One racing from 1950 to 1991.
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