Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola has explained why the company have opted for a cautious choice of tyres for the upcoming Miami Grand Prix.
F1 will head to Florida for the first time in 63 years for the inaugural race at the Miami International Autodrome, on freshly-laid asphalt.
Pirelli have nominated the C2, C3, and C4 tyres for the Miami weekend, ignoring the hardest and the softest tyre available to them.
Isola has described their decision to do so as "conservative", but one they had to take amid uncertainty over the tarmac they will encounter in Miami.
Isola: We believe it is the best option for Miami
Speaking to select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com, Isola said: "We got some information from the organiser to help us understand which type of asphalt we are going to find in Miami, together with the simulations provided by the teams.
"It is a conservative choice [of tyres], obviously, but we believe is the best option for Miami.
"It's a bit of an unknown for everybody. It's a street circuit, so there are characteristics of the track that are usually different from any other track."
He added: "I'm quite excited to go there and see what happens."
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Miami identified as an important race for Pirelli
The Miami Grand Prix weekend is of high importance to Pirelli, says Isola, as they look to grow further in the US. market – putting added pressure on their tyre selection.
"Miami is important for us, because the United States is a very good market for Pirelli," he continued.
"We are planning to activate this event with the local market, providing more than what we have done in the past.
"I'm happy to go to Miami and that's a good boost for Formula 1 in the United States."
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