Pirelli plans sixth tyre compound for 2018

Pirelli plans sixth tyre compound for 2018

Pirelli says it intends to introduce a sixth tyre compound in Formula 1 next year, to give it more flexibility, and plans to take a more aggressive approach to its selections.

Friday, September 29, 2017 (10:55 am)

Pirelli currently has five tyre compounds – Ultra Soft, Super Soft, Soft, Medium and Hard – and selects three to be available for drivers at each Grand Prix.

 

The company wants to give itself greater flexibility for next season and plans to add a sixth compound to its selection, and also wants to move softer with its choices.

 

Pirelli took a relatively conservative approach to 2017, due to the introduction of wider tyres, but its Hard compound was used only once, in Spain, amid criticism from drivers.

 

In effect, it has meant Pirelli has had to choose three compounds from four for the bulk of the campaign, a situation it wants to rectify next season.

 

"We have defined the constructions and we released the data to the teams on 1st of September," said Head of Car Racing Mario Isola.

 

"We have new constructions, front and rear, we will give some additional information soon.

 

"Obviously we are now working on compounds, now the target is to go one step softer compared to this year.

 

"We know this year we have been quite conservative, but last year it was not easy to develop the new sizes with the mule cars [during testing] so we decided to be on the conservative side.

 

"The current Soft will be the new Medium next year and we also intend to increase the number of compounds.

 

"It is still not defined but we probably have more compounds to give us more freedom in the selection during one event, as there are no modifications to the sporting regulations.

 

"So [there will] still three compounds per event and the target is to have more flexibility."

 

Pirelli has been Formula 1's sole tyre supplier since 2011, and its current contract runs through 2019.

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