Pirelli pick softest tyres for “super-cold” Las Vegas Grand Prix · F1· RaceFans

Pirelli will bring its three softest tyre compounds for the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will take place at night and in cold temperatures.

The C3 tyre will function as the hard compound choice, with the C4 as the medium and the C5 as the soft. The practice sessions will take place late in the evenings of Thursday and Friday, with qualifying potentially held in even colder conditions since it starts at midnight on Saturday morning. The race begins at 10pm local time later that day.

“The temperature and the asphalt is quite smooth, according to the information I have,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Mario Isola. “So the level of grip will be very poor. I can anticipate this.”

“I can imagine that with these cold conditions, super-cold conditions, and a circuit that is not generating a lot of energy into the tyres, the warm-up will be tricky,” he added.

Williams driver Alexander Albon says the cooler temperatures could lead drivers to spend a significant amount of the qualifying session warming up their tyres rather than going on push laps.

“It’s clear that it’s very high speed. It feels extremely quick when you’re driving on the simulator,” he said of the new Las Vegas Strip Circuit.

“A lot of the corners are even flat still. So there’s not so many corners, which obviously favours us. Should be four degrees, five degrees [Celsius] I think, which will be interesting.”

Albon suggested driver might need to do “three or four prep laps for qualifying” to get their tyres up to the correct temperature before starting a flying lap.

Pirelli has also confirmed that the same three compounds will be brought to the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina.

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