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Australia tyre options revealed

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Pirelli have revealed the three compounds which will be brought to 2016's season-opening Australian GP under F1's new tyre rules, as teams face a pre-Christmas deadline to make their selections for March's race. 

In an attempt to add an extra variable into race strategies, Pirelli will be bring three, instead of the previous two, tyre compounds to every race weekend next season. Teams will be free to select 10 of the 13 tyre sets for each of their cars, with Pirelli choosing the remaining three sets.

With teams, and drivers, now able to select different tyre combinations independent of each other, Pirelli face longer lead times to manufacturer and ship the selections for all 22 cars.

As a result, the newly-released 2016 Sporting Regulations state that, once being informed of the tyres on offer, teams must submit their selections to the FIA "no less than eight weeks before the start of each event held in Europe and 14 weeks before the start of each event held outside Europe".

The deadline for Australia, which takes place on March 18-20, is next week.

Pirelli have now confirmed the three compounds teams have to choose from - with the supersoft tyre added to usual soft and medium selection for Albert Park. The supersoft has only once been used by the tyre supplier at the Melbourne season-opener before, in 2013.

The Italian firm have also named the three compulsory sets which will be issued to each car. One set of the medium and one set of the soft tyre must be held back for the race, although drivers only actually have to use one of these during the grand prix.

However, drivers still must use two different slick compounds during a dry race. For example, if they start on the supersofts, they would have to run either the compulsory soft or medium set before taking the chequered flag.

One set of supersofts has also been assigned for Q3 in qualifying, which the top-10 runners will then have to give back. Those not making Q3 keep hold of their supersoft set for the race, as is current practice.

The fact that the new-for-2016 cars will not run until testing begins in late February means teams will have to make their tyre selections for the early flyaway rounds based largely on simulation data.

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