Pirelli bring harder tyres to "push tyres to the maximum" at Mexican Grand Prix

21-10-2019 15:00
by Bobby Vincent
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Pirelli bring harder tyres to push tyres to the maximum at Mexican Grand Prix

Pirelli head of Formula 1 Mario Isola has looked ahead to the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend and revealed the reasoning behind the tyre manufacturer's decision to bring harder tyre compounds to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Pirelli spoke about the circuit in Mexico's capital always being a "tough and unpredictable" circuit, with many shocks happening at the track over recent years, leading to a more entertaining race in many aspects.

"Mexico has always been a tough and unpredictable race with a fantastic atmosphere: especially in the stadium section, where the drivers say they can hear the fans cheering," Isola said.

"There are some good overtaking opportunities over the course of the lap, and we've also seen a number of different strategic approaches in the past, as well as quite variable weather conditions.

"The altitude of Mexico City definitely affects the cars and the set-up; and this has a knock-on effect for the tyres as well. Even a high-downforce setting can feel like low downforce, so there can be a lot of sliding. 

"Once more, we've brought a harder selection of compounds compared to last year: this should enable drivers to push the tyres to the maximum."

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