Pirelli confirms tire picks for Spa and Suzuka

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Pirelli has confirmed its tire selections for the Formula 1 races in Belgium and Japan this fall.

As part of the change to the rules regarding tires for the 2016 season, teams are now informed months in advance of the available compounds for each race.

With three different tires on offer – up from two in 2015 – the teams are able to pick how many sets of each they will take to the race.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Pirelli confirmed that it had made its selections for the races in Belgium at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and at Suzuka in Japan.

For Spa, teams will have the choice of medium, soft and super-soft tires, the latter making its debut at the Belgian circuit.

Teams will be required to use at least one set of either the medium or the soft tires during the race.

At Suzuka, Pirelli has gone a step harder with its compound choices, electing to take the hard, medium and soft tires to Japan.

Teams will be required to use at least one set of the hard tire during the race due to the aggressive nature of the Suzuka circuit.

The Belgian Grand Prix will take place on August 28, while the Japanese Grand Prix is scheduled for October 9.

Announcements regarding tire picks for the Italian, United States, Mexican, Brazilian and Abu Dhabi grands prix will be made in due course.