A new super-soft compound is one of few changes Pirelli is making to its Formula One tyres for the 2015 season.
In its fifth year as F1’s tyre supplier, Pirelli intends to provide tyre largely similar to those raced last year.
“This year’s tyres will be evolutions of the 2014 tyres, with just one completely new tyre: the super-soft, which has a fresh rear construction and compound,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.
The super-soft tyre was used at Monaco, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Red Bull Ring, Hockenheimring, Singapore and Yas Marina in 2014.
Hembery said the introduction of new V6 turbo engines last year was “the biggest challenge that we had experienced since entering the sport, thanks to a completely new generation of cars that featured very different characteristics to before”.
“Nonetheless, we met all our targets of helping to provide entertaining races, plenty of overtaking opportunities, diverse strategy options and an average of two pit stops per car at each grand prix, despite the many unknown factors for everybody.”
Pirelli also confirmed that of the 32,772 tyres it supplied at race weekends last year, over 38% went unused. The new engines pushed the maximum speed reached by an F1 car last year to 362.1kph, achieved by Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull-Renault at Monza.
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