F1 2018 Tyre Compounds

F1 2018 - Tyre Compounds

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Tyre Compounds

Hypersoft

  • Colour: Pink
  • is the softest and therefore the fastest compound
  • some drivers calling it the best tyre ever
  • is suitable for all circuits that demand high levels of mechanical grip
  • because it brings extra speed and adhesion
  • has a considerably shorter lifespan than the other tyres in the range

Ultrasoft

  • Colour: Purple
  • low working range compound
  • for use on tight and twisty circuits
  • and on circuits, which require a high mechanical grip
  • it has a very rapid warm-up and huge peak performance
  • it has a relatively limited overall life
  • is not quite a qualifying tyre
  • however, it has some interesting potential applications as well during the races

Supersoft

  • Colour: Red
  • is ideal for slow and twisty circuits
  • especially in cold weather, when maximum mechanical grip is needed
  • benefits from an extremely rapid warm-up time
  • which makes it ideal in qualifying as well
  • nevertheless, the tyre degrades quickly
  • low working range compound

Soft

  • Colour: Yellow
  • one of the most frequently used tyres in the range
  • striking a very good balance between performance and durability
  • with the accent on performance
  • it is biased towards speed rather than long distances
  • but it is a good choise at the start and in sprint races or rather at the end
  • high working range compound

Medium

  • Colour: White
  • is the most perfectly balanced of all the tyres
  • with an ideal compromise between performance and durability
  • it is extremely versatile
  • they are used on circuits that tend towards high speeds, temperatures and energy loadings
  • low working range compound

Ice

  • Colour: Light Blue
  • is designed for the circuits that put the highest energy loadings through the tyres
  • with fast corners or abrasive surfaces
  • and for tracks, which are often characterised by high ambient temperatures
  • takes longer to warm up
  • but offers maximum durability
  • that means that it plays a key role in race strategies
  • high working range compound

Superhard

  • Colour: Orange
  • was introduced as an insurance policy
  • just in case the performance of the 2018 cars didn’t match expectations
  • they probably will not be used at all
  • provides a tyre at the opposite end of the spectrum

Intermediate

  • Colour: Green
  • they are the most versatile of the rain tyres
  • dispersing approximately 25 litres of water per second at full speed
  • can be used on a wet as well as a drying track

Wet

  • Colour: Blue
  • disperse up to 65 litres of water per second at full speed
  • the most effective solution for heavy rain
  • it is also effective on a drying track
  • driveable in a wide variety of conditions
  • was extremely valuable in determining the latest evolutions

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