Pirelli F1 “Soft” Tyres.

April 14, 2011 at 1:34 am 4 comments

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.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Redditch tyres  |  April 22, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Know your current tire. In general, it’s best to replace your tires with those of the same brand, design and size, all of which you’ll find printed on your tires.

  • 2. Tyretraders  |  May 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Just wanted to make a point clear to people reading this as we have had one or two miss informed customers of the last month or so.

    The FIA have asked Pirelli to make tyres that degrade quicker and the normal road tyres do not reflect the way the race tyres perform. I.e just ‘cus last years Bridgestone tyres degraded slower than this years Pirellis thats not necessarily the same for road tyres.

  • 3. David  |  May 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

    So the family of P-Zero F1 tyres continues to grow. Now we have “Silver” the “hard tyre”, which is reputed to give 5 more laps of service than a “yellow” soft tyre. Lewis Hamilton complained about the “Silvers’ the whole weekend,but still managed to run a close second.
    Now for Monaco, Pirelli have introduced the “Red” supersoft tyre, specially designed to perform on the twisty, hard braking, short road circuit. Meanwhile, just how far you can go with soft compounds is being tested with the Dunlops being used on the V8 Supercars. Tyre rubber debris litters the track after every race, while large lumps of congealed rubber fall out ot the wheel arches. Looks dreadful!

  • 4. David  |  June 7, 2011 at 6:53 am

    This is almost in the category of a “fairy story”. On lap 16 at Monaco, Jensen Button came in to change tyres earlier than expected on the supersoft sticky red tyres. Consternation in the Vettel camp- to follow or not. Great discussion, supposedly garbled instructions on the radio, and he came in and had soft “Silver” tyres fitted – supposedly by mistake. But was it? The Silvers gave 5 more laps than the “reds”, which was enough, with judicious nursing, to save one tyre change,which normally takes 4 seconds. That was about the winning margin. Some garbled transmission!,


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