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Pirelli makes tyre choices for Bahrain, Spain and Monaco

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Pirelli has announced which tyres will be used in Bahrain, Spain and Monaco © Getty Images
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Pirelli has revealed its tyre compound choices for the three rounds following the Chinese Grand Prix, with the races in Bahrain, Spain and Monaco all set to feature different combinations.

Soft and medium compounds will be used in Bahrain, soft and hard in Spain and super-soft and soft in Monaco.

Pirelli explained the choices in a press release: "The tyre choice for Bahrain takes into account the hot temperatures and medium-grip characteristics of the Middle Eastern circuit. The hard tyre will be seen in Spain to cope with the high lateral loads that the tyres have to deal with at the Circuit de Catalunya, coupled with the soft tyre in order to enhance the opportunities for different strategies. Monte Carlo is the slowest and most twisty circuit of the year, so the supersoft makes its debut to maximise the grip available over the course of this short lap."

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said this year's range of softer compounds should ensure racing remains exciting.

"Our nominations this year are designed to push the envelope of performance, as can be seen from our latest choices. Only the supersoft tyre is the same compound as last year: the other compounds are softer and therefore faster, designed to encourage closer racing as well as a wider variety of strategies."

Pirelli announced before the start of the season that the soft and medium compounds will be used at the next race in China.