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Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Melbourne's winning tyre strategy

Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari by completing a longer opening stint on the ultrasoft tyre than polesitter Lewis Hamilton, then emerging in front of the Mercedes after his sole pit stop. All the finishers apart from two stopped once, with the top four using an ultrasoft-soft strategy. All three compounds were used in the race, with the fastest lap – set right at the end of the race – more than two seconds quicker than last year. Most drivers started on […]

Posted on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pirelli fulfilled testing objectives

  Pirelli confirms to have fulfilled most of the objectives that they had targeted during the eight days of pre-season testing in Barcelona. The testing sessions has now concluded, with all the teams taking part in the second four-day session this week and completing plenty of running. The fastest time of the latest session (and the whole test) was 1m18.634s, set on the final morning by Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, using the P Zero Red supersoft tyre. Unlike last week, there was no wet session […]

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pirelli announces Mexico tyre compounds

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has nominated the compounds which will be used at the Mexican Grand Prix later this year. The Super Soft, Soft and Medium compounds will be available to drivers, with either the Soft or Medium tyres mandatory for one stint of the race. One set of Super Soft tyres must be set aside for use solely during the final qualifying shootout session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Under revised Formula 1 regulations for 2016, Pirelli nominates three tyre compounds for each […]

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016

Pirelli formally agrees new F1 deal

Pirelli has formally confirmed that it will remain as Formula 1's sole tyre supplier until at least the end of the 2019 season. Pirelli has been the sport's sole supplier since 2011 and last October provisionally agreed to remain in its current position for the next three years. The Italian manufacturer has now confirmed that it has come to an agreement with the FIA for the 2017-19 period. "This deal was completed over the winter, during which the FIA and Pirelli – in collaboration with […]

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pirelli to bring hardest compounds to Malaysia

Formula 1's tyre supplier, Pirelli, has announced that it will bring the three hardest compounds from its range to the Malaysian Grand Prix in October. The Soft, Medium and Hard tyres will be used when Formula 1 returns to a resurfaced Sepang circuit later this year. Sepang has traditionally been the second or third round of the campaign but has switched to a late season date in 2016. Pirelli has confirmed that the orange-banded Hard tyre must be used for one stint of the race.

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pirelli unveils wider 2017 F1 tyres

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has unveiled their wider specification of rubber which it will use under revised regulations in 2017. Under next year's technical regulations, an increase in the permitted levels of downforce means that lap times are set to be quicker, meaning Pirelli has opted to produce wider tyres. The wider tyres will predominantly aid the increased lap times through better cornering speed and acceleration. The front tyre, which is currently 245mm wide, will increase to 305mm. The rear tyre will grow from […]

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pirelli confirms compound choices for Hungary

Formula 1 tyre supplier has confirmed the three compounds which will be used at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The Super Soft, Soft and Medium tyres will be available for drivers, the most popular allocation adopted by Pirelli so far in 2016. Of the 13 sets of tyres allowed for each driver, one set of Soft and Medium tyres must be set aside for the race, with a set of Super Soft tyres set aside solely for use in Q3. Of the remaining 10 […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Drivers prefer Ultra Soft tyres for Monaco

Pirelli has confirmed the tyre choices which drivers have made for the Monaco Grand Prix, with the bulk of the leading outfits preferring the Ultra Soft compound. The new purple-banded tyre has only been used during pre-season testing so far but will make its race debut around the streets of Monaco, alongside the Super Soft and Soft compound. Mercedes and Red Bull have elected to take 10 sets of the Ultra Soft tyre, as has Renault's Kevin Magnussen. Ferrari has chosen nine sets of the […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mercedes, Ferrari differ in Spanish GP tyre choices

Mercedes and Ferrari have opted for slightly different tyre compound selections for next weekend's fifth round of the season in Spain. Under revised 2016 regulations, tyre supplier Pirelli brings three compounds to each race, with drivers permitted free choice for 10 of their allocated 13 sets. For the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Soft, Medium and Hard tyres will be used, the first time that the hardest compound has been taken to a Grand Prix in 2016. Both Mercedes and Ferrari drivers will […]

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Softest compounds to be used in Austria

Pirelli has confirmed that the three softest compounds from its range will be used at the Austrian Grand Prix. The Soft, Super Soft and Ultra Soft will be available to drivers at the Red Bull Ring, mirroring the selections made for preceding events in Monaco and Canada. Under revised 2016 regulations, Pirelli will bring three different compounds from an expanded range of five to each Grand Prix. For Austria, one set of each compound must be set aside; one set of Ultra Soft tyres is […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

FIA approves request for Pirelli test days

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has formally ratified Pirelli's proposal to increase the number of test days it is permitted in order to focus on improving its tyres. Pirelli has been Formula 1's sole tyre supplier since 2011 and has remained keen to conduct track mileage, in order to better prepare its tyres, a situation accelerated by the impending 2017 regulation changes. The WMSC has approved Pirelli's request to increase its test allowance from 12 to 25 days for the next three years, with […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pirelli confirms Russian GP tyre choices

Pirelli has confirmed the tyre choices which teams have made for the Russian Grand Prix, with the leading three squads all taking different approaches. As with the opening three events of the season, Pirelli will bring the Medium, Soft and Super Soft tyres to the Sochi Autodrom next weekend. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have all opted for one set of the Medium tyres, but Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will have eight sets of Super Softs available, with four batches of the Soft compound. […]