New Pirelli Tyre Compound
In my opinion then Pirelli are making new compound tyres as a fine art? With the majority of the racing teams opting to fit the softer tyre compounds available. The giant Italian (Chinese owned) manufacturers are using a larger number of compounds than ever before. In fact the 2018 season is expected to bring 6 different compounds to the race series. Consequently, there is now going to be a bigger choice between hard and soft compound tyres.
Pirelli were praised by many during last year’s F1 season. Hence, for trying to improve the competitiveness of the F1 racing. Although most of the teams were still playing it safe. In my opinion then F1 a reputation for being a bit dull. My friend along with millions of other fans is an avid F1 supporter. Spending hours in front of the TV, watching the pack of cars whiz round the track in front of his TV .
Of course my great interest is in the tyres? I find it fascinating to see the different procedures. Hence, that are carried out by the specialist teams of tyre experts. I actually experienced this myself? I attended an F2 meeting at Snetterton race circuit in Norfolk, UK.
New Pirelli Tyre Compound
At the races the tyre people carried similar operations on the F2 tyres. Things that I had never seen before? Tyres were pre heated and kept in a special tent to be kept warm. This is to keep the tyre tread compound soft. Also they had a guy whos job it was to take stones out of the tyres tread area. Because the tread area is so soft. Then small stones from the circuit stick and penetrate into the tread rubber.
The official F1 car tyres supplier Pirelli has manufactured a selection of new tyre types. Including new 2017 tyre sizes. These are used in the new eagerly anticipated racing season. Taking over a few years ago as the official supplier. Pirelli,enhanced the races by introducing tyres that wore faster. Which in turn made the races tighter and more exciting. Keeping my friend Andrew firmly perched on the edge of his seat.
Pirelli have also chosen to involve the F1 TV viewers who are sat in the comfort of their home. Like Andrew, watching the race.So, making it clearer which set of car tyres the drivers are using on their specific vehicles. The colour markings for the tyres are now a rainbow mixture. Of course, from for intermediates which are for use in damp races, and blue for wet tyres.
By making the races closer. Then the F1 governing body, hopes to make everything more exciting. Keeping us all on the edge of our seats. The less difference there is, the more the drivers will lose a race or win a race. Based on their driving skills rather than the other technical choices they make.