Hamilton praises the new pink hypersoft: “Best tire Pirelli has ever made”

Formula 1 teams test 20 sets of tires each over two days at the Yas Marina circuit

MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“We completed a record-breaking 2017 season featuring 25% wider tires and some ofthe fastest lap times ever seen. Formula 1 teams sampled Pirelli’s 2018 tires for the firsttime at Abu Dhabi over two intense days of work. Each team had 20 tire sets for the test:12 tire sets chosen by Pirelli (including a selection of 2018 tires plus some 2017 tires forcomparison), and the other eight tire sets selected by the teams themselves. In total, 23top drivers did some long runs as well that were different to qualifying conditions. TheYas Marina circuit’s characteristics meant that the test concentrated on the Whitemedium to the Pink hypersoft tire compounds. Overall this test and all the drivers gaveus very positive feedback. The new Pink hypersoft tire meets our initial expectations,with times that are about a second faster per lap than the Purple ultrasoft tire, but thistime difference obviously needs to be confirmed on other track types as well. All the2018 tires are a step softer than their tire equivalents in 2017, in line with what the teamsasked for. The Pink hypersoft tire (just added to the range) is two steps softer than the2017 ultrasoft tire. We now look forward to getting back on track for the first official preseasontest in 2018 at Barcelona from February 26 to March 1”.

ABU DHABI PIRELLI TEST – NOVEMBER 28/29
BEST TIMES AND TIRE COMPOUNDS

DRIVER TEAM TIME TIRE COMPOUND
Vettel Ferrari 1m37.551s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.768s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo Red Bull 1m38.066s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Bottas Mercedes 1m38.490s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.550s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Verstappen Red Bull 1m38.736s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Perez Force India 1m38.818s (Day 2) SUPERSOFT 2018
Ocon Force India 1m39.148s (Day 2) SUPERSOFT 2018
Grosjean Haas 1m39.270s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Sainz Renault 1m39.444s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Kubica Williams 1m39.485s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Stroll Williams 1m39.580s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Alonso McLaren 1m39.762s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Vandoorne McLaren 1m39.782s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Hulkenberg Renault 1m39.803s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Magnussen Haas 1m39.810s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Sirotkin Williams 1m39.947s (Day 2) SOFT 2018
Mazepin Force India 1m39.959s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Leclerc Sauber 1m40.666s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT NEW
Gelael Toro Rosso 1m41.428s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Ericcson Sauber 1m41.681s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT NEW
Hartley Toro Rosso 1m43.345s (Day 2) SUPERSOFT 2018
Gasly Toro Rosso 1m44.827s (Day 2) SOFT 2018

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