Pirelli's sixth 2018 compound will be pink

Published on 12 Nov 2017 19:50

Pirelli has confirmed that it's sixth dry compound for 2018 will have a pink-sidewall. The compound will be the softest available for choosing, after certain complaints this season about the high durability of the 2017 tyres.

The Italian marque introduced new tyres for the 2017 season. They were much wider and fatter, with higher durability. This was done to allow drivers to push on the tyres and not worry about a drastic fall off like we've seen in years gone by.

However, there have been complaints that the tyres have been made of durable, as most races this season feature a standard one-stop race, leaving little open for strategy exploitation. Pirelli previously confirmed that the tyres will be much softer for next year, and have now introduced the new compound.


Fergal Walsh

Replies (9)
GB f1fan0101 12 Nov 2017 20:010
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So many compounds...
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I figured ultra soft would just become super soft and so on an so forth. Then the new tire would just be called ultra soft.
Good god I miss multiple suppliers...
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agree i miss the tire wars. why don't they make an annual allocation and the teams have to use the tires they have. That would make things interesting.
SE calle.itw 13 Nov 2017 06:150
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Really wish the likes of Michelin or Bridgestone would return, Pirelli clearly isnt capable of supplying the grid with decent compounds.
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Many compounds of tires
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As I mentioned a few days ago when the story broke, marshmallow coloured and just as soft. I'm impressed they read my note.
SE calle.itw 13 Nov 2017 06:160
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How about softening the current scale instead? I havent seen the hardest tyre in action once this season, if Im not mistaken.
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I don't understand this need for softer tyres. Drivers complain that they can only push with a tyre for one or two laps during qualification, or only for a lap or three behind a car during the race. Even softer tyres will undoubtedly deteriorate faster so how does this work during qualification and the race then?
SE calle.itw 13 Nov 2017 20:060
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Thats because they are using the softer compounds already, and even those are a bit too hard while they arent very durable. The harder compounds could last entire races, but they are very hard to warm up properly. In short: either way we see it, Pirelli has failed.

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