The Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has again lowered the limit of the minimum static pressure that the teams have to respect in the next race in China, but reduced the amount of the negative camber allowed for the front wheels.
Pirelli sets minimum static tyre pressure limits for each race, after setting for 1.5525 bar for front and 1.3455 bar for rear tyres for Australia, they decreased the values for Bahrain and again for China.
Drivers will have to use a minimum of 1.4145 bar in front and 1.2765 bar in the rear tyres, while the front camber can be up to -3.5 °and -2.0 ° for the rear tyres.
SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
Rear camber limit is the same as for the first two races of the season, while the front negative camber is 0.25 degrees lower than in Australia and Bahrain.
This will be the jubilee 1000th race in the history of Formula 1 and at the same time the 364th race in which Pirelli is present as a tyre supplier.
For this race, Pirelli has chosen the same tyres as for Australia – C2, C3 and C4 – which best suits Shanghai’s track requirements.
The wide track is renowned for its long straights and corners: the straights can cool down the front tyres in particularly, causing a risk of front locking.
Weather is always a big question mark: cool temperatures are common, which increases the possibility of graining – especially in free practice.
There was a wide variety of different strategies in China last year: Daniel Ricciardo won for Red Bull with two stops, although the race was affected by a safety car.
The track has a medium abrasive surface and is quite demanding on tyres, with the front-left tyre working hardest.
Lateral forces (cornering) are quite balanced with longitudinal forces (acceleration and braking) in China. Turns 1 and 13 are the most demanding corners.
“Last year, China was the first grand prix where there was a ‘jump’ in the tyre nominations, contributing to an exciting race with an emphasis on strategy,” said Mario Isola from Pirelli.
“Our C2, C3 and C4 hard, medium and soft nominations this time are roughly equivalent to the medium, soft and ultrasoft compounds we had in China last year,”
“We are hoping that this choice it will result in the same sort of entertaining action and a good mix of strategies. Shanghai is quite a complete track that contains a bit of everything, so it makes a solid all-round test of car and tyre performance.”
“With plenty of overtaking opportunities as well, and the celebrations for the 1000th grand prix, it should be a very memorable weekend.”
SELECTED TYRES PER DRIVER
2019 F1 PIRELLI TYRE COMPOUND CHOICES
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2019 F1 PIRELLI PRESSURE AND CAMBER LIMITS
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