Maximum performance within a limited number of laps. With the introduction of the new purple Ultrasoft tyre, the FORMULA ONE P Zero range gains a new arrival that showcases the softest extreme of the line-up. This is a brand new compound for this year, designed for use on tight and twisty circuits that place an emphasis on mechanical grip. It’s a low working range compound. As the very softest tyre in the range, designed to sit below the supersoft, it has a very rapid warm-up and huge peak performance, but the other side of this is its relatively limited overall life. The ultrasoft is not quite a qualifying tyre, but it’s moving in that direction, with some interesting potential applications for it available as well during races. Its purple colour was chosen as the result of an innovative social media campaign, with fans getting the chance to vote for their preferred colour.
The next-softest compound in the P Zero range is the red Supersoft, ideal for slow and twisty circuits, especially in cold weather, when maximum mechanical grip is needed. Then there are the yellow Soft, the white Medium, and the orange Hard – harder and ideal for tougher circuits that put a strain on the rubbers.
Wet weather Pirelli Cinturato tyres, characterised by grooves in the tread pattern, are split into two types: blue Wet and green Intermediate. The full wet tyres can disperse (each tyre) up to 65 litres of water per second at full speed, making them the most effective solution for heavy rain. The intermediates are the most versatile of the rain tyres, dispersing approximately 25 litres of water per second at full speed. They can be used on a wet as well as a drying track.
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