Sunday’s race is the first to be held at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas, and an extra set of hard tyres has been allocated to help teams get used to the new track.
“Austin is one of just three new tracks for us in Formula 1 competition this year, alongside Bahrain – which we’ve tested at previously – and Hockenheim, where we previously raced in GP3,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.
“So in many ways America will be the biggest challenge for us of the year, but stepping into the unknown is a situation that we are used to: last season the majority of tracks were completely new to us. We’ve chosen the hard and the medium compounds as we think it will be quite a demanding track, based on the asphalt samples and simulation data we have gathered.
“Naturally we’ve leaned towards a slightly more conservative choice in order to cover every possibility at a brand new circuit, but the tyre choice in Abu Dhabi was also conservative and yet we saw one of the most exciting races of the year.
“We’re all absolutely delighted to be returning to America with Formula One: it’s a crucial market for us as well as being the home of many of the most enthusiastic fans out there. We’ve felt a huge buzz about this race, and with the championship so finely poised it couldn’t come at a better time.”
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