Official F1 tyre supplier Pirelli said in its statement on Thursday that taking into account the weather, and the condition and surface of Russia’s track constructed for the much-awaited race, two sets of tyres should be used before the boost-off of the noble racing weekend.
“With the track having been only recently completed, there is not a lot of real data available,” the company said in a statement adding that it did try to make advanced computer simulations and “P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres” were chosen for all racing teams to hit the circuit in Russia’s Sochi.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director, said: “Going to a new circuit is always exciting and it’s only when we get there that we will have a complete idea of what to expect, so the work done in free practice will be particularly important for everyone.”
Russia’s first-ever F1 Grand Prix race in the much adored city of Sochi kicks off on Sunday, while the official racing weekend begins early in the morning on October 10.
An official statement from the Pirelli company, released on Thursday night particularly for F1 GP in Sochi, said “Formula One heads into new territory with the brand new Sochi circuit near the Black Sea in Russia: the home of 2014 Winter Olympic Games.”In February and March, the Russian resort city of Sochi hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which, according to international sports officials, athletes and visitors, were organized at the highest level possible and provided up-to-date infrastructure at all levels.
The Russian Grand Prix is held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi. The contract to include Russia in the calendar of F1 racing for the 2014-2020 period was signed in 2010 in Sochi by then-Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.
A total of some 50,000 tickets available were sold out for the Russian F1 event in Sochi with 5,000 tickets out of the mentioned-above figure purchased by foreign guests.
F1 supremo Ecclestone, who arrived in Sochi on Wednesday night, said that Russian President Putin had been “completely supportive” to make the F1 racing come to Russia as the F1 chief executive had been trying to make this happen since the late 1970s.
“I was trying to do something in the early ‘80s or late ‘70s actually. It just took a bit longer than we thought,” Ecclestone told TASS on Thursday.