F1 drivers to run rule over 2021 Pirellis in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi
All 20 Formula 1 drivers will be given the opportunity to run the rule over Pirelli's 2021 specification of tyres across the season-ending races in the Middle East.
Pirelli handed the 10 teams a variety of unmarked rubber to be used next season in the second practice session ahead of the recent Portuguese Grand Prix.
From the evaluations made from the running throughout that session, Pirelli has since finalised its options for its 2021 tyres that will now be run in Friday practice ahead of this weekend's Bahrain GP and in second practice for the final race in Abu Dhabi.
Via a statement, Pirelli confirmed: "At this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix and at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, all the drivers will be able to test the 2021-specification Pirelli tyres that were homologated by the FIA after the test in FP2 at Portimão in Portugal last month.
"Following a vote that modifies article 24.1 of the sporting regulations, Pirelli will supply two sets of tyres in 2021 C3 compound at the Bahrain Grand Prix per car.
"Both sets can be used in either FP1 or FP2, at the discretion of the teams, and for a minimum run of six timed laps each, but at least one of these two sets must be used for six timed laps in FP2, even if it has been used in FP1.
"The tyre pressures for the test will be set at 21 psi at the front (1.5psi less than the current 2020 specification) and 20.5psi at the rear (0.5psi less than the current 2020 specification).
"In Abu Dhabi, one set of tyres will be supplied per car in 2021 C4 compound, which must be used in FP2 only for a minimum run of eight timed laps.
"These 2021 tyres will be given on top of the standard allocation for both races (two sets of P Zero White hard, three sets of P Zero Yellow medium, and eight sets of P Zero Red soft per car)."
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