YAS ISLAND, Abu Dhabi — Pirelli launched their expanded 2018 Formula 1 tire spectrum on Friday ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, introducing two new compounds and colors for next year.
The pink hypersoft and orange superhard tires will be added to Pirelli’s current lineup of hard, medium, soft, supersoft and ultrasoft tires, creating more options for teams than ever before going into the new season of competition.
Pirelli’s change will give teams seven, rather than the current five, slick tire compounds to choose from on a give race weekend.
All of the 2018 compounds are a step softer than their current counterparts, making them the fastest tires in Formula 1 history.
Brand new for next season is a tire that sits below the ultrasoft: an even softer compound called hypersoft, which features pink branding and is the softest F1 tire Pirelli has ever made.
This ultrasoft compound will be suitable for circuits where maximum mechanical grip is required, such as Monaco.
Also new for 2018 is the ice blue coloration of the hard compound, which frees up orange branding to be used on the new superhard compound, denoting it as the hardest choice available in Pirelli’s range.
“We realized that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative,” said Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing. “The tires we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races.”
“However, the fundamental design concept of the tyres hasn’t changed next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers have appreciated this year and allowing them to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint. The new range consists of faster tyres that should lead to even harder and more spectacular racing in 2018.”
Compounds and constructions have been redesigned for each tire, in keeping with Pirelli’s philosophy of renewing the range every year since the Italian firm returned to Formula 1 in 2011.
CREDIT: Formula One Media