Pirelli introduces superhard and hypersoft tyres for 2018 Formula 1 season
Pirelli has introduced a new range of tyres for the 2018 Formula 1 season, with 'Super Hard' and 'Hyper Soft' joining the collection - taking the total of nine.
The tyres were revealed at the Yas Marina paddock earlier today, with Pirelli's Mario Isola stating that all the tyres are one step softer, which makes these tyres 'fastest' in the F1 history.
The super hard will be orange in colour, with the hard changing to ice blue, while the hyper soft will be pink as revealed earlier - the name was chosen from over 30,000 votes on the social media.
The wet tyres will also be blue in colour, but it is expected to be brighter than the hard compound's ice blue, while intermediate will keep its green colour.
"Compared to this year, when the tyres grew by 25% to fit a brand-new generation of cars, the changes for next year are less far-reaching," said Isola.
"However, we’re pleased to present some important innovations with softer and faster compounds across the range: including the new hypersoft.
"We realised that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tyres we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races.
"However, the fundamental design concept of the tyres hasn’t changed next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers have appreciated this year and allowing them to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint.
"The new range consists of faster tyres that should lead to even harder and more spectacular racing in 2018," he added, addressing the media in Abu Dhabi and he joined in by F1 leaders Sean Bratches and Chase Carey.
The new tyres will make its official track debut in the two-day test at Yas Marina, following the conclusion of the 2017 season, before it is introduced during the 2018 F1 testing in Febraury.
The move to bring in more tyres is believed to make races more interesting in 2018, giving teams and drivers the options for more varied strategy choices and making tyres more suitable to the different circuits.