Saudi Arabia Tyre Selection

The tyres have been chosen for the second round out of 23, lets take a look.

For the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the middle of the range has been picked which are: C2 (Hard), C3 (Medium), C4 (Soft).

Jeddah is the fastest street circuit of the year, with the track having been designed three years ago and has continually been improved since.

This year, there are some new rubble strips on the escape roads whilst some of the kerbs have been smoothed. A number of the walls have been repositioned, such as those at Turn 8 and 10 to improve visibility and Turn 23 to slow the corner down.

The circuit offers a medium level of grip but the sand blown onto the surface can influence this on low-abrasion asphalt. The track, is not especially demanding in terms of traction and braking with lateral forces predominantly affecting the tyres.

For the rapid Jeddah track, we have confirmed the same compound choices as last year as they showed very good consistency throughout the race weekend. In the two races held up to now, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been quite unpredictable because of the frequent safety cars and neutralisations, being a typical street circuit. A one-stopper was the fastest option in 2022, when a safety car led to an early pit stop for most of the drivers, who went on to finish the race on the hard tyre. Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc fought hard on this strategy thanks also to the durability of the tyres, with the Red Bull driver winning by less than a second at the end of a great race. The teams will also have to work hard on car setup because they will only have free practice to fine-tune the balance on this track with the latest tyres. The first race in Bahrain was all about traction and braking but Jeddah instead focuses on lateral forces, with completely different characteristics to Sakhir.

Mario Isola, Motorsport Director

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