Pirelli seeks name for its new pink compound to be introduced in 2018 F1 season
Back in August, Pirelli had suggested adding new compounds for the 2018 Formula 1 season, with the number going up to six from the current five available. In fact, Pirelli's motorsport boss Mario Isola had stated that it homologated as many as 10 compounds for 2017, with five back-up tyres.
The Italian manufacturer has had a rigorous tyre testing programme this season, with a test also lined up for this week with McLaren, before the post-season two-day running in Abu Dhabi. Isola stated a final decision for the new compound will be taken after the Brazil's test.
However, moments after the Brazil Grand Prix ended with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel winning, Pirelli released a series of tweets from Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Ross Brawn, Sean Bratches and Toto Wolff seeking a new name for its pink-coloured compound.
The tyre is said to be even softer than the current ultra-soft, which was introduced this season to spice up the races, pushing for more pit-stops - allowing for more varied strategies. In fact, in most of the races this year, the harder compound was hardly used up.
Pirelli is asking the fans to choose from the three names it has shortlisted, that is: A) Megasoft, B) Extremesoft and C) Hypersoft.
Ahead of this weekend, Isola had even suggested for more than six compounds for 2018, but he added that the decision will only be taken after more testing. With the addition of the new pink-coloured compound, the range for 2018 could have the orange hard, white medium, yellow soft, red super-soft, purple ultra-soft and the yet-be-named pink soft.
The usual slick compounds will go with the blue wet and green inter-mediate tyres. Meanwhile, the colour pink became an obvious choice as it was already used by Pirelli earlier this year in the US Grand Prix, for the breast cancer initiative by F1 and the teams.