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Pirelli would like two stop strategies in 2018

“BEST TYRE PIRELLI HAS EVER MADE”

After the test in Abu Dhabi Pirelli’s head of car racing Mario Isola said:

“Considering all the range is one step softer, plus we have the hypersoft, we now have the option to go soft enough to target two stops.

“I believe that three stops are a bit too much, we will try to make the selection of having two stops one of the fastest strategies.

 

By courtesy of PIRELLI

By courtesy of PIRELLI

 

Hamilton praises the new pink hypersoft:

“BEST TYRE PIRELLI HAS EVER MADE”

 

 

The Abu Dhabi tyre test was two intense days of work, during which the teams sampled the 2018 tyres for the first time. 

Each team had 20 sets for the test: 12 sets chosen by Pirelli (with a selection of 2018 tyres plus some 2017 tyres for comparison) and the other eight selected by the teams themselves. In total, 23 different top drivers did some long runs as well, so not in qualifying conditions. The characteristics of the Yas Marina circuit meant the test concentrated on the compounds from White medium to the Pink hypersoft. The whole test and all the drivers gave us very positive feedback. The new Pink hypersoft meets our initial expectations, with times that are about a second per lap faster than the Purple ultrasoft, but this obviously needs to be confirmed on other types of track as well. All the 2018 tyres are a step softer than this year’s equivalents, in line with what the teams asked for, with the Pink hypersoft (just added to the range) so being two steps softer than the 2017 ultrasoft. We now look forward to getting back on track for the first official pre-season test of 2018 at Barcelona from February 26 to March 1”.

 

 

Pirelli is on schedule to decide the tyre compounds it will take to the Australian Grand Prix by December 7.

 

 

 





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Pirelli Race Report – Australian GP 2017

Most drivers started on the ultrasoft, with Sauber’s Formula 1 debutant Antonio Giovinazzi the highest placed finisher to start on the soft.

BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

2017 Australian Grand Prix, Race

VETTEL CLAIMS VICTORY FOR FERRARI WITH A ONE-STOP STRATEGY  AS FORMULA 1’S NEW ERA MAKES A SPECTACULAR START

IDENTICAL ULTRASOFT-SOFT STRATEGY FOR TOP FOUR FINISHERS.  FOUR OTHER DIFFERENT STRATEGIES USED TO FINISH THE RACE.

LOW WEAR AND DEGRADATION ALLOWS DRIVERS TO PUSH HARD  FROM THE START TO THE FINISH OF EVERY STINT

 


Melbourne, March 26, 2017 – Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari by completing a longer opening stint on the ultrasoft tyre than polesitter Lewis Hamilton, then emerging in front of the Mercedes after his sole pit stop. All the finishers apart from two stopped once, with the top four using an ultrasoft-soft strategy. All three compounds were used in the race, with the fastest lap – set right at the end of the race – more than two seconds quicker than last year. Most drivers started on the ultrasoft, with Sauber’s Formula 1 debutant Antonio Giovinazzi the highest placed finisher to start on the soft.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

“Formula 1’s new era made a fantastic start in Australia, with close racing and the drivers able to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint. As we expected most drivers adopted different variations of a one-stop strategy, with the leaders moving onto the soft for the second stint in order to be certain of running to the end. There was low wear and degradation on a circuit that is never particularly hard on tyres anyway, with the drivers able to set fastest laps at the very end of the race on the soft compound that was more than 30 laps old.”

 


 


 

Post photo:

Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia. Sunday 26 March 2017.
World Copyright: Steven Tee/LAT Images
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