F1® Tyres

For the 2019 Formula 1® season, Pirelli will present a new range of tyres. The offering has been slimmed down to just five slick compounds and three colors per race; white will be hard, yellow denote medium and red will indicate soft. Each compound this year will be assigned a numeric code rather than permanent color assignment. The new range will be numbered from C1 to C5, with C1 being the hardest and C5 the softest. These new tyres have been designed to increase resistance to overheating and provide greater consistency over the course of a stint. The range also includes a revised wet and intermediate tyre choices.



C1 stands for Compound 1, and it’s the hardest tyre in the 2019 Pirelli range, sitting just below the 2018 hard in terms of compounding. It’s designed for circuits that put the highest energy loadings through the tyres, which will typically feature fast corners, abrasive surfaces, or high ambient temperatures. The compound takes longer to warm up but offers maximum durability and provides low degradation.

C2 means Compound  2, effectively last  year’s medium tyre. A  versatile compound, but sitting at the harder  part of the spectrum, it comes into its own  on circuits that tend  towards high speeds,  temperatures, and  energy loadings. This  tyre has demonstrated an ample working range  and adaptability to a wide variety of  different circuits.

This tyre is equivalent  to the soft that was  nominated in all but  four of the races last  year. It strikes a very good balance between performance and durability, with the  accent on performance. It’s a very adaptable tyre that can be used as the softest compound at a high-severity track  as well as the hardest  compound at a low-severity track  or street circuit.

This is closest to the  2018 ultrasoft and it  works well on tight and  twisty circuits. It has a rapid warm-up and  huge peak performance, but the other side of  this is its relatively  limited overall life.

The softest 2019  compound is  the heir to the universally-popular hypersoft: the fastest compound that Pirelli  has ever made. This tyre  is suitable for all circuits that demand high levels of mechanical  grip, but the trade-off  for this extra speed  and adhesion is a  considerably shorter lifespan than the other  tyres in the range.
Getting the most out  of it will be a key to  race strategy.

Wet Tyres


The intermediates are the most versatile of the rain tyres. They can be used on a wet track with no standing water, as well as a drying surface. This tyre evacuates 30 litres of water per second per tyre at 300kph. There’s a new compound that is designed to expand the working range, guaranteeing a proper crossover both with the slicks and the full wets.


The full wet tyres can each disperse up to 65 litres of water per second at full speed, making them the most effective solution for heavy rain. The latest evolutions of the Cinturato Blue mean that it is also effective on a drying track, with increased durability. The result of this intensive work on the rain tyre is increased driveability in a wide variety of conditions. At the start of 2016, Pirelli carried out the very first specific wet tyre test with contemporary Formula One machinery at Paul Ricard in France, in order to refine the development of the latest wet-weather tyres. This has been extremely valuable in determining the latest evolutions.