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Pirelli planning to introduce sixth slick in 2018

  • Published on 06 Nov 2017 11:35
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Pirelli is planning to introduce a sixth slick tyre compound for 2018. Auto Motor und Sport said the new, extra compound - a sort of 'ultra ultra-soft' tyre - will be at the softest end of the official F1 supplier's range.

But it is suggested that all the current compounds will be a step softer next year. "The new tyre and the softer compounds are badly needed," a team member is quoted as saying. Also being discussed at present is how tyres will be allocated to the teams. Some are arguing that teams should get free rein to choose from any of the six Pirelli compounds at each race.

But Pirelli's Mario Isola is not convinced. "With free choice, the top teams would choose harder compounds and still get into Q3 and then have a clear advantage in the race," he said. However, others argue that if there is free choice, smaller teams will be able to select aggressively soft tyres and qualify artificially high up the grid. (GMM)

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  • f1dave

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    Are they running out of names for these things or will they just keep adding the word ultra to the front? "ultra ultra ultra ultra ultra soft"

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    • Nov 6 2017 - 17:22
  • kngrthr

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    freedom to choose any compound would up the transportation costs a bit. well a lot

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    • Nov 6 2017 - 21:28
  • RogerF1

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    This is getting ridiculous. Why not just one standard compound across the board that lasts around an average race distance. Drivers with smoother style stay the distance or others push on to the limit and make a dash for a change. Maybe put all 6 compounds in a hat, each team gets one dip to pull out the a single grade per race, that should mix it up a bit. Next grade will be super marshmallow. Just make it pink right through as well.

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    • Nov 6 2017 - 22:45
  • Duh, it should be the Mega soft tyres! On a sidenote: we do have hard tyres that we rarely use. Why dont you try to soften the scale instead?

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    • Nov 7 2017 - 15:34

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