Mexican Grand Prix 2021: What is the Pirelli Tire Choices/ Compound Allocation for F1 Teams?

Published 11/01/2021, 9:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in the garage during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake


Formula One will return to Mexican Grand Prix after a 2 year hiatus. The Covid-19 outbreak, which made it impossible to race in 2020, severely affected the country. But everyone is eagerly awaiting the next chapter of the championship saga in Mexico. Pirelli has decided to go with their mid-range tires for the race.

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Pirelli has planned to use C2, C3, and C4 for the Mexican Grand Prix. With C2 being the hardest compound and C4 being the softest compound in the range. The track is at a high altitude and the high downforce setup of the cars affects the degradation of tires at the circuit. Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing, Mario Isola, explained why they went for the mid-range tires instead of the softest compounds.

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Pirelli head explains the tire choice for the Mexican Grand Prix

As reported by Formula Passion, the Italian mentioned that the race at the circuit is always unpredictable. The last time F1 raced at the circuit, most of the teams went with the two stops strategy. But Lewis Hamilton, the race winner, went for the one-stop strategy and came out on top.

“The high altitude in particular, but also the configuration of the circuit itself, always generates a series of interesting surprises and challenges in Mexico, so the race is often unpredictable and there are several options at the strategy level,” said Isola.

Mercedes Formula One drivers Nico Rosberg (L) of Germany and Lewis Hamilton (44) of Britain go into a turn together during the Mexican F1 Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero

“The last time we raced here, medium and hard were the tires the teams put their most emphasis on during the race, and depending on the level of graining and slip that could occur with the soft, this could happen this year.”

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“The race will take place around the same time of the year as two seasons ago and, since then, no significant track changes have been made, except for a partial resurfacing before Turn 1 to smooth out a disconnect. However, the cars have changed a lot in the meantime,” explained Mario.

The track layout generally suits the Red Bull team, but both Max and Lewis have two victories each at the track.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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