Tag Archive: tyres

Feb 04

2014 tyres ‘a little better’ – Hamilton

“They’re more durable”

2014-01-31 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Lewis Hamilton 13 Pirelli says it is too early to assess the performance of its new-for-2014 tyres, despite four days of running at Jerez last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 21

Toro Rosso bemoans mid-year tyre switch

The switch had an aerodynamic effect

2013-06-07_0160Yet another team has claimed its competitiveness in 2013 was affected by Pirelli’s mid-season tyre construction switch. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Mid-season tyre switch helped Ferrari’s rivals – Massa

“It’s clear that the new tyres helped Red Bull.  Also Mercedes.”

2013-09-06 - Felipe Massa - 0007Before travelling to Korea, Ferrari designer Nikolas Tombazis said “blaming the tyres” would be “superficial”. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Pirelli confirms 2014 tyre size not changing

Pirelli has confirmed reports the size of its F1 tyres will not be changing.

2013-06-30 - Britain - Pirelli (9)Earlier, it was suggested that because the torque produced by next year’s new V6 engines will be much greater, the Italian marque wanted to supply bigger and wider tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

May 14

Pirelli speeds up tyre changes for Canada

Pirelli is speeding up a scheduled change of tack for its 2013 tyres

2013-05-12 - Pirelli - Spain - 03“Pirelli will provide the teams with a new range of tyres mixing the stability of 2012 and the performance of 2013”. – Paul Hembery Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

Pirelli continues to spply Formula One feeder series in 2013

GP2 and GP3 preview: Barcelona 10-12 May 2013

As well as being round three of the GP2 Series, Barcelona marks the start of the European grand prix season and the opening round of this year’s GP3 Series. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Pirelli set to name Kobayashi 2013 tester – reports

Kamui Kobayashi looks set to spend the 2013 season testing tyres with F1′s official supplier Pirelli.

Pirelli 20132012-11-04 - Sauber F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Kamui Kobayashi 00The Italian marque has invited the media to its Milan headquarters on Wednesday for the launch of the sport’s 2013 tyres and a press conference “with Pirelli’s main motor sport protagonists”. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 19

2013 Pirelli tyres could shake up pecking order – Hembery

Pirelli’s new tyres for the 2013 season could shake up the pecking order in formula one.

2012-09-22 - Pirelli 012012-07-21 - Pirelli - Paul HemberyThat is the view of the Italian marque’s British head of motor racing, Paul Hembery, who this week was in Sao Paulo to announce Pirelli’s new foray in the Brazilian stock car series. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 23

Pirelli making F1 a ‘show’ or a ‘lottery’?

Tyres.  The political dramas aside, that word utterly dominated the Bahrain grand prix weekend.

2012-04-15 - Chinese Grand Prix - Pirelli 012012-04-03 - Pirelli - 2012 F1 TyresAfterwards, Michael Schumacher admitted he was “unhappy” with the situation. “Sometimes we are driving only 60, 70 per cent through the corners,” he is quoted by Bild newspaper. Pirelli did not take the criticism lightly, insisting it has made Canada 2010-style, heavily degrading tyres to order, for the benefit of the ‘show’. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 10

Kumho Tyres is ready for the Marrakech challenge

With 2012 Auto GP welcomed Kumho Tyres as its Official Tyre Supplier.

Auto GP World SeriesAutoGP - Kumho TyresThe Korean manufacturer was eager to support the championship in his decision to provide drivers and teams two different compounds for each race weekend, and even decided to go for a purpose designed “supersoft” tyre for Marrakech, to help the Auto GP competitors in coping with the low level of grip typical of street tracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Ferrari signs Bridgestone’s Hamashima

The news was announced by Stefano Domenicali, the famous team’s boss.

Bridgestone - Hirohide HamashimaScuderia Ferrari logoFerrari has signed Bridgestone’s former technical chief Hirohide Hamashima, it emerged from the ‘Wrooom’ media event in the Italian Dolomites on Wednesday.

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Sep 29

2012 Pirelli tyres in action this week

Pirelli’s tyres for the 2012 season are up and testing this week in Barcelona.

2011-09-24 - Singapore - Pirelli - C Hallows2011-09-24 - Singapore - Pirelli - Paul HemberyThe official supplier’s test driver Lucas di Grassi has revealed he is in action at the Circuit de Catalunya. So how do the 2012 tyres feel?: “Can’t tell you, sorry,” the Brazilian said on Twitter.

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Aug 28

Wet-dry action for Pirelli tyres during the GP2 and GP3 Belgian round

GP2 GP3 Spa-Francorchamps review 

GP2 - DAMS - Romain Grosjean2011-07-09 - Pirelli - Britain 1Pirelli’s GP2 and GP3 medium compound tyres along with the P Zero wets enjoyed an action-packed Spa-Francorchamps round, equipping Formula One’s feeder series under extremely changeable conditions during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

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Aug 11

Tyre-saving rule tweak likely in 2012

According to two authoritative figures, a tweak or two to the tyre rules is likely for 2012.

2011-07-30 - Pirelli - Hungary 22011-07-30 - Pirelli - Hungary 1Bernie Ecclestone told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport that new supplier Pirelli has done “an incredible job” in providing tyres that degrade quickly in order to spice up the show. But the interviewer told the F1 chief executive that qualifying is often “uninteresting” because drivers choose to save fresh tyres for the crucial race.

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Jul 06

Di Grassi confirmed as Pirelli test driver

Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi has been confirmed as Pirelli’s test driver.

2011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiThe 26-year-old will drive the Italian company’s Toyota TF109 test car to develop the latest generation of Formula One tyres for the future in at least five tests this year.

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May 04

GP2 / GP3 Istanbul round preview

Pirelli P Zero Tyres ready for Formula One feeder series’ opening round at Istanbul 

2011-04-09 - Pirelli - Malaysia 4Istanbulpark.pngPirelli will continue its comeback to international open-wheel racing when both the Formula One feeder series – GP2 and GP3 – get underway at the opening round of the season at Istanbul Park in Turkey, during the same race weekend as the Turkish Grand Prix (6-8 May). Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

GP3 pre-season tests review

Successful start for Pirelli tyres

GP3 - Pirelli P Zero hard slicksGP3 SeriesPirelli enters its second year as sole tyre supplier to the GP3 Series, having successfully completed its 2011 pre-season tests, which finished in Barcelona last Thursday. A total of eight days of testing were completed, with Pirelli supplying its soft compound tyres at Paul Ricard (3-4 March) as well as its hard compound slick tyres at both Silverstone (29-31 March) and Barcelona (12-14 April). Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 07

Pirelli says tyres not designed for Schumacher

“We did not design our tyres for the specific needs of a driver like Michael Schumacher in mind.”

2011-02-11 - Pirelli - Jerez 012011-02-13 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Jerez - Michael SchumacherPirelli did not design its 2011 tyre, or the product’s forthcoming development programme, with any specific driver in mind. Some drivers, notably Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher, struggled on last year’s Bridgestones and saw the arrival of Pirelli as an opportunity to race on tyres more suited to their driving style. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Whitmarsh defends Pirelli after tyre criticisms

Martin Whitmarsh has leapt to Pirelli’s defence amid widespread criticism of the marque’s 2011 tyres.

2010-11-06 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin WhitmarshPirelliSome drivers are bemoaning the tyres’ severe degradation, but McLaren and FOTA chief Whitmarsh believes some of those views are unfair. “We complain about high wear, but no one talks about the good grip of the tyres when new,” he reportedly told Motor Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Pirelli PZero tyres ready for their second GP3 season‏

The 2011 GP3 season will feature eight rounds supporting the Formula One Grands Prix in Europe

2011-02-01 - PirelliGP3 SeriesThe GP3 Series was launched last year as a feeder category to GP2, which has been driving talented young drivers directly into Formula One for the past six years. Pirelli was proud to support the inaugural season of this one-make single-seater championship with its ground-breaking 13-inch PZero control tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

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