A pink hypersoft tire and orange superhard tire join the line-up
The P Zero hard tire compound turns ice blue
Pirelli has launched its new 2018 Formula 1 tire range in Abu Dhabi ahead of the final Grand Prix for 2017. This includes two new additional tire compounds and colors for next year. The entire Formula 1 tire range will also sport enhanced construction, compounds and performance attributes. These are the main points to note for 2018:
• All Pirelli tire compounds in 2018 will be one step softer than 2017, making these the fastest tires in Formula 1 history.
• Pirelli has released a brand new tire for 2018 called the P Zero Pink hypersoft. This is the softest Formula 1 tire that Pirelli has ever made and is an even softer compound than the ultrasoft tire. The hypersoft tire compound is colored pink and will be suitable for circuits where maximum mechanical grip is required, such as Monaco.
• Another new entry in Pirelli’s 2018 Formula 1 tire range is the superhard tire, which will be colored orange to symbolize it as the hardest tire choice now available in our range.
• As a result of the new superhard tire compound, Pirelli’s hard tire compound will change color for 2018 and be ice blue (instead of orange as it now sits below the superhard tire).
• In total, there will now be seven slick Pirelli P Zero tire compounds. Combined with the new Cinturato intermediate and wet tires, this expands the 2018 range to nine brightly-colored Pirelli tires.
• All tire compounds and constructions have been redesigned, in keeping with Pirelli’s philosophy of renewing the range every year since the Italian firm returned to Formula 1 in 2011.
• There are new working ranges across the entire Pirelli tire family as well, which together with the increased number of tire compounds, will allow tire nominations in 2018 that are more specifically suited to each race. For Pirelli and the Formula 1 teams, this also means that there can be more flexibility and variation in the tire choices, leading to extra opportunities when it comes to formulating creative race strategies.
• The brand new pink tire is called the P Zero Pink hypersoft, following a poll after the Brazilian Grand Prix on Pirelli’s social media channels inviting fans to choose a new name. This name was also endorsed by the Formula 1’s leading personalities. All teams will sample the P Zero Pink hypersoft for the first time in just five days.
Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing: “Compared to this year, when the tires grew by 25% to fit a brand-new generation of cars, the changes for next year are not as extensive. However, we’re pleased to present some important innovations with softer and faster tire compounds across the range: including the new hypersoft tire. We realised in the unique circumstances this year that some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tires we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races. However, our fundamental tire design concepts haven’t changed for next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers appreciated this year that allowed them to push hard from start to finish in each stint. The new range consists of faster tires that should lead to even harder, more spectacular racing in 2018.”
Following the two-day test in Abu Dhabi, drivers will have the chance to sample the 2018 tires on next season’s cars for the first time during the two official four-day pre-season tests in Barcelona, from February 26 – March 1 and March 6-9. Further details on Pirelli’s testing plans in 2018, in preparation for the 2019 Formula 1 season, will be revealed at the start of next season.
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