performance & technology
In accordance with the regulations laid down by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) Pirelli will supply two different types of tire designed for two different types of use. The first type of tire has been designed for dry surfaces, while the second is for wet surfaces.
THE SLICK TIRES
Dry weather tires, known as slicks, are characterised by a tread pattern that is devoid of blocks or channels. They come in five compounds: ultrasoft, supersoft, soft, medium and hard. The different compounds mean that the tires are well suited to a wide variety of circuits, according to the type of asphalt, the number and severity of the corners, and the top speed on the straights. This allows the teams to make use of an ample range of strategies.
WET WEATHER TIRES
Wet weather tires, characterised by grooves in the tread pattern, are split into two types: full wets and intermediates. The full wet tires can be easily recognised by the deep grooves in the tread pattern and sipes to drain off water on wet asphalt. The intermediates feature channels that are less deep and are designed for damp or slightly wet surfaces, as well as uncertain weather conditions.