Formula One’s official tyre supplier Pirelli unveiled their 2018 range in the Abu Dhabi paddock on Thursday as the sport gets ready for next season.
Pirelli have introduced a new orange Super Hard compound. The Hard compound tyre changes its identifying colour to Ice Blue.
The Medium compound for 2018 stays with the white side wall. The Soft compound tyre remains yellow.
The Super soft tyre remains red, while the Ultra soft tire remains purple. Pirelli will introduce a brand new Pink Hyper Soft tyre. The new Hyper Soft tyre will be tested by the teams at the end of tire test at the Yas Marina circuit following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Speaking about the new tyres for 2018, Mario Isola commented by saying:
“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. 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.”