We are back racing this weekend and Pirelli have chosen the tyres for Singapore. Those being the three softest compounds: C3 (Hard), C4 (Medium) and C5 (Soft).
These compounds have been chosen to match the typical street circuit characteristics of the Marina Bay track, which ensures high levels on mechanical grip.
There’s some new asphalt for Singapore this year, it isn’t as smooth as the usual asphalt seen on street circuits, having been put down with a view to the grand prix. However as a street circuit, the Marina Bay circuit is normally used by road traffic and the surface contains street furniture such as white lines and manhole covers.
A high degree of track evolution is expected also because there are not many support races scheduled which normally help to lay down rubber.
With the race starting at 8pm (GMT), and continuing for about two hours, track temperatures are generally stable for most of the race, whilst high humidity levels provide a big physical challenge for the drivers , the cars and also for the tyres with thermal degradation.
We’ve missed the spectacular night action of Singapore’s streets! With 18-inch tyres that have a completely different compound and structure compared to the ones used three years ago – as well as new asphalt this year – it’s almost like a totally new race. Singapore is all about slow corners – all 23 of them – and maximising traction. We’ve got the three softest compounds for maximum speed and grip but looking after the rear tyres in order to ensure the drive needed will be key. With the tendency of the latest cars to understeer, it will be even more important to find the right set-up balance to ensure a strong front end without compromising acceleration at the rear.Mario Isla, Motorsport Director