Pirelli has been exclusive tyre supplier to the GP2 Series since 2011, the same year that the Italian firm entered Formula 1.
Launched in 2005, the GP2 Series is a one-make single-seater championship which has become the acknowledged stepping stone to Formula One, aiming to prepare young drivers who aspire to climb their way up to the highest level of motorsport.
Pirelli has a range of four slick tyres for GP2: P Zero Orange hard, P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft. In addition to this, there is a wet-weather tyre, which has blue markings. The sizes are 245/660–13 at the front and 325/660-13 at the rear.
Each car will have five sets of slick tyres and three sets of wet tyres available per race weekend. Three sets of dry tyres will be available in the harder compound and two sets in the softer compound, while the wet tyres will be available in one compound only.
Pirelli’s GP2 tyres are designed to be extremely versatile, adapting themselves well to a variety of different track temperatures, top speeds and downforce levels, as well as a wide range of lateral and longitudinal loadings.
The 2017 calendar is made up of 11 rounds, eight of which will be in Europe and three overseas.