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Pirelli drops soft tires for Bahrain GP

The Canadian Press

4/17/2013 10:10:24 AM

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Pirelli has announced it will drop soft tires for the Bahrain Grand Prix, though it insisted it had nothing to do with the troubles faced in China last weekend

The company, which supplies the tires for Formula One, said on Wednesday it initially planned to offer three compounds for Bahrain. But a decision was made after the Malaysian GP to use only medium and hard compounds in Bahrain due to the similarities in the two circuits, the warmer temperatures, as well as the desert sand that can "provoke graining" which reduces tire grip.

The team said the decision had nothing to do with the Chinese GP, where complaints about tires took centre stage. Some drivers said soft tires were degrading after one lap and several teams started the race on harder tires.