Facts and figures: Pirelli Formula One tyres



The departure of Bridgestone after 14 years in Formula One ushers in a new era as Pirelli takes on the mantle of sole tyre supplier for all 12 teams in the pit lane, returning to Formula 1 for the first time since 1991.
  • The dry tyres have a diameter of 660 millimetres. The tread is 245 millimetres wide at the front and 325 millimetres wide at the back.
  • The wet tyres have a bigger diameter of 670 millimetres, to raise the car and avoid standing water. The tread is 225 millimetres wide at the front and 325 millimetres wide at the back.
  • The diameter of the intermediate tyre is slightly smaller at 665 millimetres, although the same tread widths as the wet tyre apply.
  • A wet Pirelli tyre will disperse more than 60 litres of water per second when travelling at 300kph.
  • Pirelli will produce 50,000 Formula 1 tyres over the course of the season, bringing around 1,800 tyres to every race.
  • All the tyres are made in Pirelli's state of the art motorsport facility at Izmit, Turkey, just outside Istanbul.
  • At races, Pirelli will use 15 trucks and employ around 50 people, including one engineer allocated to every team.
  • Each front tyre weighs around nine kilograms. The rears, being larger, are a little heavier.
  • The operating temperature of each tyre is in the region of 90 degrees Celsius. The harder the tyre compound, the longer it takes to reach peak operating temperature.
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