Sport Pirelli doesn't expect new tyre range to confuse fans

19:03  12 january  2018
19:03  12 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

F1 to be 1.5 seconds per lap faster in 2018 - Pirelli

  F1 to be 1.5 seconds per lap faster in 2018 - Pirelli Pirelli motorsport boss Mario Isola has suggested that Formula 1 cars will be around 1.5 seconds per lap faster in 2018 compared with the average pace shown last season. F1 tyre supplier Pirelli will introduce revised compounds this year, with each of the existing range becoming softer in construction. The aim of the change is to limit the number of one-stop races and induce more strategic variety. In addition, Pirelli has introduced two brand new compounds in the form of the super-hard and hyper-soft. At opposite ends of the tyre scale, the super-hard will be treated as a backup compound and is unlikely to be used, while the hyper-soft is intended for venues at which tyre degradation has historically been low. With the new focus on using softer compounds at races, Pirelli anticipates that tyres will contribute to a significant fall in lap times this season. “In terms of lap times, we will have faster lap times this year,” Isola stated when speaking on stage at Autosport International. “You should consider the development of the car that is probably roughly one second per lap as an average. Plus, the fact that – especially at the beginning of the season – we are planning on using the softer compounds. “So in my expectations, we should be quicker compared to last year by 1.5 seconds per lap as an average. It’s another big step.

Pirelli : F1 fans won' t be confused by 2018 tyres . F1's official tyre supplier has added two new dry tyres to either end of its range for 2018, a super-hard tyre (marked with ice blue colours on the wall) and a hyper-soft (marked with pink).

Pirelli : F1 fans won' t be confused by 2018 tyres . F1's official tyre supplier has added two new tyres to either end of its range for 2018, a super-hard tyre (marked with ice blue colours on the wall) and a hyper-soft (marked with pink).

Formula 1’s independent tyre supplier Pirelli has quashed reports its new seven-tyre range will confuse fans, despite critics stating it will only make the sport more complicated to understand.

Pirelli unveiled two new dry-weather compounds to add to its ever-growing range at the end of last year, with a pink walled hyper-soft tyre and a blue walled super-hard tyre expanding the number of dry compound tyres to seven.

Despite complaints it will make races harder to follow, Pirelli’s sporting director Mario Isola insists the increased tyre range will not confuse fans but ‘spice up’ the racing with more flexibility on strategy and more pitstops.

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Pirelli : F1 fans won' t be confused by 2018 tyres . F1's official tyre supplier has added two new dry tyres to either end of its range for 2018, a super-hard tyre (marked with ice blue colours on the wall) and a hyper-soft (marked with pink).

Pirelli ’s revised range of F1 tyres for 2018 season “can only create better racing” by encouraging multiple pitstops, says Red Bull team Fans believe these many options will lead to confusion in the tyre choices. But Horner believes that the tyre testing in Abu Dhabi proved that the new tyre range

“There are still three compounds at each event, so no changes compared to last year,” Isola .

“More colours, yes. [But] spectators are not so stupid not to understand three colours at each event.

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“I know that there were some criticisms around this choice to increase the number of compounds. I believe that with the additional compounds we have more flexibility and the opportunity to make a better selection in order to have the all the three compounds suitable for the trace.”

“The target is to have a bit more degradation to try to target two [pit] stops and different strategies.”

It was suggested that Pirelli should rename each of the selected tyre compounds for each grand prix soft, medium and hard. Isola revealed this was taken into consideration but was rejected.

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Pirelli has launched an expanded array of Formula 1 tyres in 2018 by unveiling seven compounds in a “rainbow” range It’s a mess already and really confusing to casual viewers, and will be Have your say on the Forums. Vettelari: There’s no need for any new tyre names or increasing the types to six.

Pirelli has launched an expanded array of Formula 1 tyres in 2018 by unveiling seven compounds in a "rainbow" range , in a move not universally welcomed. It's a mess already and really confusing to casual viewers, and Vettelari: There's no need for any new tyre names or increasing the types to six.

“We discussed that internally and we came to the conclusion that we are not giving the right message because it looks like we are using the same compound for each event,” he added.

“We want to explain to the spectators that in Monaco you need softer compounds and in Silverstone you need a harder compounds.”

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