The 2018 Pirelli Rainbow… Orange is the new Superhard, Pink is the new Hypersoft, and the hard compound turns Ice Blue!
Pirelli launches its new range of 2018 Formula 1 tires in Abu Dhabi, which adds two extra compounds and colors next year, as well as fresh constructions, compounds and working ranges across the renewed family. These are the main points towards 2018:
- All the compounds are a step softer than this year, making these the fastest tires in Formula 1 history.
- Brand new for 2018 is a tire that sits below the ultrasoft: an even softer compound called P Zero Pink hypersoft, which is colored pink and is the softest Formula 1 tire that Pirelli has ever made. This new compound will be suitable for circuits where maximum mechanical grip is required, such as Monaco.
- Also new for 2018 is the hard compound, which will now be colored ice blue .
- Another new entry is the superhard , remaining orange as a symbol of the very hardest choice available in our range.
- In total, there will now be seven slick P Zero compounds, which together with the new Cinturato intermediates and wets expand the 2018 range to nine brightly - colored Pirelli tires.
- 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.
- There are new working ranges across the entire family as well, which together with the increased number of compounds, will allow tire nominations that are more specifically suited to each race next year. For Pirelli and the Teams, this also means that there can be more flexibility and variation in the tire choices, leading to extra opportunities when it comes to formulating creative race strategies.
- The brand new pink tire, was named the P Zero Pink hypersoft following a poll across Pirelli’s social media channels, endorsed by the sport’s leading personalities, who invited fans to choose a new name after the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix.
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