Tag: Mario Isola

38,788 tyres and 120kg of parmesan cheese – Pirelli’s year in F1

38,788 tyres and 120kg of parmesan cheese – Pirelli’s year in F1

Wednesday 6th December 2017 | 0 Comments

This year’s Formula 1 season ended with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix late last month and preparations are already under way for 2018. Looking back over its year as exclusive tyre supplier to the championship, Pirelli has presented statistics from its 2017 season.

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Pirelli returning to WRC in 2018

Pirelli returning to WRC in 2018

Monday 4th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Following a year off in 2017, Pirelli will return to the World Rally Championship from next year. The tyre maker has already homologated new products for the latest generation of WRC car as well as the feeder WRC2 category. In addition, from next year Pirelli also commences exclusive tyre supply for the Junior World Rally Championship, a series dedicated to drivers born later than 1 January 1989 and contested using identical R2-class Ford Fiestas. The winner will become the owner of a brand-new Fiesta R5 together with a tyre, fuel and free rally entries package towards the 2019 WRC2 season.

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Teams try out 2018 Pirelli F1 range

Teams try out 2018 Pirelli F1 range

Thursday 30th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Testing of Pirelli’s 2018 Formula 1 tyres took place at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit over a two-day period this week, and following the conclusion of proceedings the tyre maker is proud to report that four-time and current champion Lewis Hamilton has declared the new PZero Pink hypersoft tyre the “best tyre Pirelli has ever made.”

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Hypersoft and Superhard options joining Pirelli’s F1 range in 2018

Hypersoft and Superhard options joining Pirelli’s F1 range in 2018

Tuesday 28th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Changes such as those seen this year won’t be a hallmark of the Formula 1 tyre range Pirelli offers teams in 2018, however the tyre maker says this doesn’t mean it hasn’t been busy. In line with its aim of ensuring an average of two pit stops at most races, two extra compounds and sidewall colours will join the Pirelli Formula 1 tyre range in 2018. The line-up previewed by the tyre maker at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix also includes fresh constructions, compounds and working ranges.

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Pirelli congratulates Hamilton on 4th F1 title, Verstappen on ultra/supersoft win in Mexico

Pirelli congratulates Hamilton on 4th F1 title, Verstappen on ultra/supersoft win in Mexico

Monday 30th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Yesterday’s Mexican Grand Prix delivered Lewis Hamilton his fourth drivers’ title, not to mention a moment of bated breath in the very first round as Hamilton’s Mercedes made contact with the Ferrari of closest title contender Sebastian Vettel. The collision, comments Pirelli, added an extra tactical element to the race, as both protagonists were forced to deviate from the expected one-stop strategy.

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Softer Pirelli P Zero F1 tyre line-up for the Japanese grand prix at Suzuka

Softer Pirelli P Zero F1 tyre line-up for the Japanese grand prix at Suzuka

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli has continued its late-season trend of introducing softer Formula One compounds than in 2016 with its selection for the Japanese grand prix at Suzuka. Mario Isola, head of car racing, says that “this is particularly pertinent” at Suzuka, “as it’s one of the most challenging tracks for tyres of the entire year, with a very big emphasis on lateral loads that can cause thermal degradation if the tyres are not properly managed.

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Alternative tyre strategy helps Vettel to 4th at Malaysian grand prix

Alternative tyre strategy helps Vettel to 4th at Malaysian grand prix

Monday 2nd October 2017 | 0 Comments

While all the frontrunners at the final Malaysian Grand Prix used a similar single-stop tyre strategy, changing from Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft to Yellow soft tyres, Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari reversed the order to support his bid for points from the back of the grid. The German chose to start the race on the soft tyres to try and gain track position, switching to the faster supersoft tyres on the same lap that Red Bull’s Max Verstappen pitted from the lead to change from supersoft to soft. Verstappen won the race from the second row of the grid.

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Pirelli brings World Challenge Series, motorsport tech to Project CARS 2 game

Pirelli brings World Challenge Series, motorsport tech to Project CARS 2 game

Monday 18th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli has joined simulation company Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS franchise in a technical, promotional, and marketing partnership. The agreement brings Pirelli’s motorsport and tyre technology, and North America’s premier GT production series, the Pirelli World Challenge, to the second iteration of the game. The series will come with Project CARS 2’s release on 22 September, playable in the in-game career mode, and featuring GT3 cars and their specific liveries. Tracks include Long Beach, Circuit of the Americas, Road America, and the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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Hamilton wins first battle of Pirelli wet tyres at Singapore

Hamilton wins first battle of Pirelli wet tyres at Singapore

Monday 18th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The first ever wet Singapore Grand Prix saw the top six starting on Pirelli’s Cinturato Green intermediate tyre and a mixture of Cinturato Blue wets and intermediates further down the grid. the early safety car periods provided the opportunity for some drivers to change from wet to intermediate tyres, while Daniel Ricciardo, who had started on intermediates, opted to change to a fresh set of intermediates. The Red Bull driver finished the grand prix second, behind the Mercedes of race winner Lewis Hamilton.

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Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 at Monza F1, as Ricciardo tyre gambit pays off

Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 at Monza F1, as Ricciardo tyre gambit pays off

Monday 4th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Mercedes, led by Lewis Hamilton, took the top two podium steps at Monza’s Italian grand prix as nearly every driver chose a one-stop supersoft-soft strategy. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo adopted a different strategy, starting on a soft and moving to the supersoft for the second stint to move 12 places up from his starting position of 16th on the grid – the result of penalties. The Australian also set the fastest lap of the race, which was two seconds faster than last year’s equivalent, using the same tyres.

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Hamilton wins Spa-Francorchamps ‘sprint’

Hamilton wins Spa-Francorchamps ‘sprint’

Tuesday 29th August 2017 | 0 Comments

On one of the most demanding circuits for tyres Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won Formula One’s Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel after what was effectively a sprint race in the final laps. The race was turned on its head by a safety car on lap 30, which gave drivers the opportunity for a ‘free’ pit stop. Hamilton, in the lead, ran the soft tyre for his final stint, while Vettel went for the ultrasoft: theoretically more than one second per lap faster.

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Pirelli: Soft tyres an “aggressive choice” for Belgian GP

Pirelli: Soft tyres an “aggressive choice” for Belgian GP

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 | 0 Comments

The Belgian Grand Prix gets under way in two days’ time, and Pirelli will bring its P Zero Purple ultrasoft tyres for the first time to Spa-Francorchamps, together with the P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Yellow soft. This is the sixth time this year that the three softest tyres in the Pirelli Formula One range have been selected – Pirelli says their use in Belgium represents “a more aggressive choice.” And as the weekend’s forecast includes rain, there’s a good chance we’ll also see the Cinturato Green intermediate or Cinturato Blue full wet at some point during proceedings.

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British GP tyre problems unrelated, believes Pirelli

British GP tyre problems unrelated, believes Pirelli

Monday 17th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli Tyre is looking at the issues that Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen experienced with their front-left tyres during yesterday’s British Grand Prix race, however the tyre maker believes the two tyre failures are unrelated.

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British Grand Prix: Pirelli plumps for softer compounds

British Grand Prix: Pirelli plumps for softer compounds

Wednesday 12th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Formula One comes to the UK this weekend with the British Grand Prix, and Pirelli has opted to bring softer tyres to Silverstone than originally planned. During this halfway-point round in the 2017 F1 calendar, teams will work with the P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres rather than the hard, medium and soft tyres initially nominated. Pirelli comments that the decision to focus on the softer end of the compound spectrum was taken after examining information gained from previous races. This will be the first time the supersoft compound has taken to the track at the British Grand Prix.

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Vettel wins one of Monaco’s fastest ever grands prix

Vettel wins one of Monaco’s fastest ever grands prix

Tuesday 30th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Sebastian Vettel won one of the fastest ever Monaco grands prix, using a one-stop strategy. The Ferrari driver used Pirelli’s P Zero Purple ultrasoft and Red supersoft tyres in the expected fastest strategy, running a longer – and faster – first stint than teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified on pole and finished second. A similar strategy was employed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to make up two places from his grid position and claim a podium finish.

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