There is a part of me that was asking, “why the new hyper-soft pink tire for 2018 and the harder tire”? Many fans were asking, are we going too far with all the tire compounds?
That is a legitimate question but I sense that Pirelli are actually trying to make F1 better through some more aggressive compounds given their charter of providing high degradation tires.
The important point will be not to get too cheeky with the tires like their second season in the sport. That year didn’t turn out well with blown tires at Sliverstone etc. Pirelli tried to out-think the engineers and got too cute with their compounds.
I think they have learned their lesson and since then, they’ve been accused of being too conservative. Now, the 2018 season could find them dipping their toe back into the higher impact zone on F1. They may play a bigger role in the result with their tires.
To those ends, if it helps F1, then I am all for one compound or 12…doesn’t matter to me. As for the new hypersoft? Lewis Hamilton says it is their best tire yet:
“We’ve got a good early understanding of these 2018 Pirelli tyres,” said Hamilton.
“On early impression, the new hyper-soft is the best tyre that Pirelli have produced since returning to F1.
“I found that the other compounds are still a bit too hard for my liking but we’re moving in the right direction.”
That’s encouraging and Lewis would know. He’s gotten very good at managing tires over the last few seasons and knows a good one when he feels it.
Let’s hope Pirelli are moving in the right direction here for 2018 because we need something to take out minds off the horrible HALO device.
Hat Tip: Autosport