Pirelli reveals their complete 2018 tire lineup…with 2 new compounds

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They put the vote to you, the fans, and you’ve answered…the new Pink tire for 2018 will be known as the “Hypersoft” tire. That may have been what they called it when I was a young boy but these days, they tend to call it ADHD but regardless, it’s here for 2018.

But that isn’t all, there are two new entries for 2018:

The first brand-new entry is the P Zero Orange superhard, the hardest compound of the range that will maintain the orange colour that for many years has symbolised the most durable compound of them all. The new superhard enters the family as something of an ‘insurance policy’, given that all the other compounds have gone a lot softer, as requested by teams and drivers and developed by Pirelli throughout more than 20 days of testing in 2017.  Slotting in below the new superhard is the hard compound, which next year takes on a new ice blue colour.

The P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft remain unchanged in colour although as mentioned before they will be a lot softer than 2017, underlining the trend towards a softer range across the board.

Completing the 2018 rainbow is another brand-new tyre: the P Zero Pink hypersoft, which was christened by more than 30,000 followers who took part in a poll via three of Pirelli’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). This is actually the second time that Pirelli has involved its social followers in naming a tyre. The first time at the end of 2015 was to name the ultrasoft tyre, where purple was chosen the winner.

Official Press Release from Pirelli:

Abu Dhabi, November 23, 2017 – Pirelli launches its new range of 2018 Formula 1 tyres in Abu Dhabi, which adds two extra compounds and colours 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 tyres in Formula 1 history.
  • Brand new for 2018 is a tyre that sits below the ultrasoft: an even softer compound called P Zero Pink hypersoft, which is coloured pink and is the softest Formula 1 tyre 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 coloured 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-coloured Pirelli tyres.
  • Compounds and constructions have been redesigned for each tyre, 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 tyre 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 tyre choices, leading to extra opportunities when it comes to formulating creative race strategies.
  • The brand new pink tyre, which the teams will all sample for the first time in just five days, 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 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing:

“Compared to this year, when the tyres grew by 25% to fit a brand-new generation of cars, the changes for next year are less far-reaching. However, we’re pleased to present some important innovations with softer and faster compounds across the range: including the new hypersoft. We realised that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tyres we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races.

However, the fundamental design concept of the tyres hasn’t changed next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers have appreciated this year and allowing them to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint. The new range consists of faster tyres that should lead to even harder and more spectacular racing in 2018.”

Following the two-day test in Abu Dhabi, the drivers will have the chance to sample the 2018 tyres on next season’s cars for the first time during the two official four-day pre-season tests in Barcelona from February 26 – March 1 and March 6-9. Further details on Pirelli’s testing plans for next season, in preparation for 2019, will be revealed at the start of next season.

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Paul KieferJr

When I first read about this, I was thinking “Pirelli sampled some Viagra while looking to “taste the rainbow” and found his “Lucky Charms”. >rimshot<

charlie white

This is too much. The hard tire was not used this season even when it was selected by Pirelli in Spain. 7 tire compounds(and associated colors) add nothing but confusion to the fans. I’m so done…

Blue Bird

How many teams are there? Let every single one have their own single color for every compound. That’ll help identify which team is which.

….Rediculous.

subcritical71

Me thinks we had less compounds when there was more than one tire supplier. I wouldn’t mind the spec tires so much if teams were able to race whatever they wanted within allotment constraints. Having to use two different compounds in the race is an artificial way of manipulating the racing.

Salvu Borg

In my opinion there was no need for any new tyres.
While as far as I know I only saw the hard tyre used ones this year (Spain), they added a super hard for next year.
I think it’s a mess that only adds to the confusion.

p1ngu

The super hard for next year will be about the same as the hard for this year, I understand, so there’ll be a use for it in 2018.

What I don’t quite get is the need for Softy McSoftyre; it’ll presumably be not a lot more durable than the qualifying tyres of a decade ago.

Tom Firth

Indycar gets a lot wrong, but one thing I do really like is the simplicity of the tyre choices the series has for road courses.

Alternate tyre = Soft (reds)
Primary tyre = Hard (blacks)
Rain tires.

Job done. Easy for the broadcasters, easy for the fans. No fuss.

F1 would want a bit of an expansion, but even so…

Hard
Medium
Soft
Supersoft

Choice of a prime and option for each weekend.

Intermediates
Wets (but we sit behind the safety car until ready for inters anyway)

Thats it. Those are your tires, now go race on them.