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Pirelli have revealed they will run new markings on their slick tyre range in pre-season testing so that fans can tell the compounds apart.
With less than three weeks until pre-season testing gets underway, Pirelli are hoping that last year’s snow fall stays away.
Pirelli won’t be overly aggressive with this year’s tyre options, adamant that actually slows the drivers’ pace.
Pirelli have downplayed talk of two mandatory stops during a grand prix, saying it is not the “right solution” for the sport.
Pirelli Motorsport director Mario Isola claims he is open to the idea of increasing the number of mandatory race pit stops to two.
Valtteri Bottas put in the quickest time on the opening morning of the end of season Pirelli test in Abu Dhabi.
Pirelli will continue to supply tyres to the Formula 1 grid through to 2023, remaining as the sport’s sole supplier.
Such is the “surprising” gap between Pirelli’s hypersoft tyres and the ultrasofts that even the top three teams will have to use the softest rubber to make it into Q3 in Abu Dhabi.
Pirelli will race their thinner tyre treads at all 2019 races with Mario Isola revealing they have also taken steps to reduce overheating.
Pierre Gasly says Friday’s GPDA meeting was “interesting and pretty long” but the good news is he reckons Liberty Media and the FIA are listening to the drivers.
The Grand Prix Drivers??? Association (GPDA) will meet at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix with Pirelli tyres likely to dominate conversation.
Although there will be a range of five to six compounds in 2019, Pirelli will have only three set colours for the entire season.
Mika Hakkinen believes that there should be “competition” amongst tyre manufacturers as well as teams in F1.
According to Pirelli, if the tyre rule from Q3 is scrapped, then teams could get total freedom in their tyre choices.
F1 race director Charlie Whiting has backed McLaren’s claims that they weren’t late to nominate their tyres for the Japanese GP despite reports to the contrary.
Pirelli has unveiled teams’ tyre selections for the upcoming United States Grand Prix with neither title protagonist going all in on one compound.
Formula 2 racers Jack Aitken and Artem Markelov will carry out a tyre test for Pirelli this week, driving the Renault RS18 at Suzuka.
Although this year’s championship saw the introduction of the hypersoft tyre, Lewis Hamilton has urged Pirelli to go “three steps softer” in 2019.
Quite a few teams suffered from blistering of their Pirelli rubber on Friday, with wear higher than originally expected at Suzuka.
In between practice sessions on Friday, team bosses Cyril Abiteboul, Toto Wolff and Otmar Szafnauer spoke to the media in Sochi, along with Mario Isola from Pirelli.
South Korean tyre company Hankook has confirmed its participation in Formula 1’s upcoming tender process for tyres.
Charles Leclerc will have his first taste of Ferrari’s 2018 F1 car when he tests for Pirelli at Paul Ricard this week.
Needing to take points off Lewis Hamilton in the title race, Sebastian Vettel has gone aggressive with his tyre choices for the upcoming Russian Grand Prix.
Pirelli are facing competition to remain F1’s sole tyre supplier with Jean Todt revealing there has been “more than one” tender put forward.
Although Pirelli are “ready” to face a tyre war should F1 go in that direction, Mario Isola believes having one supplier makes more financial sense.
Pierre Gasly reckons his ability to manage tyres has “improved massively” since his first season in GP2.
Otmar Szafnauer, Toto Wolff and Mario Isola spoke to the media at Friday’s FIA team principal press conference.
Formula 1 will swap to 18-inch wheels in 2021 while there is once again talk of banning tyre blankets.
From 2019, the Pirelli’s tyre selections for each grand prix will be referred to in a simple manner: ‘hard’, ‘medium’ and ‘soft’.
Formula 1’s top three teams are playing it safe with their tyre choice for the German GP with none banking too heavily on the ultrasoft tyres.