Pirelli agree to simplify tyre names from 2019

Belgian Grand Prix – Pirelli have revealed that they will use the new, simplified naming system for the 2019 tyre  compounds.

From 2019, Pirelli have agreed to a simplified tyre naming system that will only use the tyre descriptions of ‘soft’, ‘medium’ and ‘hard’.

Regardless of the exact compounds which have been selected, on any given race weekend the tyres will simply be known as soft, medium or hard.

In an ever-expanding selection of Pirelli tyres, currently there are seven dry-weather compounds available; superhard, hard, medium, soft, supersoft, ultrasoft and hypersoft.

This was an anticipated change after it was written as a requirement for the new tender for Formula One’s tyre supply for 2020-2023. Pirelli are widely expected to continue supplying tyres to Formula One in this period.

“I can confirm that I made all the investigation within the company to understand if it is feasible, because obviously there is an implication with the production, logistics, how we manage the tyres, and marketing as well,” said Pirelli’s Mario Isola.

“I made an investigation with all the departments to make sure we’re not doing something wrong. I confirmed that it’s feasible. Obviously we need to make some work around it.

“The three names are clear – hard, medium and soft – but the three colours are still under discussion.

“It was a request coming from F1 and the FIA, and we made the necessary changes in order to achieve that for 2019. The next step is to define the colours, and to announce officially that we are going in that direction.”

Whilst the sidewall colours are still to be defined for next year, Isola added that the information regarding the exact compounds being used on a race weekend will be made available to the fans.

“The other open points are that we need to give a name to the compounds to give you the information on which are the real compounds that we are using, and how we manage the tests, because at the tests all the compounds are available, because we need to understand how to paint the sidewalls at the test.

“During the pre-season test I can imagine that there will be some confusion! But hopefully we can fix it with races, where we have the three compounds. It is a complete change of approach compared to the past.”

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