Pirelli F1 “Soft” Tyres.
The Pirelli tyres in their second F1 in Malaysia performed well in 37 degree heat, but it adds interest to know whether they are using the “soft’ tyres or the “hard” tyres. The Yellow PZERO markings are supplemented by a gold band running around the shoulder circumference of the tyre, when the “soft” tyres are in use. These are claimed to give a reduction in lap time of around 1.2 seconds a lap for around 8-10 laps , so they do make a difference, and allow more passing manoevres.
These markings will be used in China too, but will change again for the European season, commencing May in Turkey.