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Pirelli reveal rainbow of tyres for 2018 // Two new compounds introduced to extend range

Published by Christine Blachford

Pirelli reveal rainbow of tyres for 2018
Credit: Pirelli S.p.A.
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Ahead of the final race of 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli launched their lineup of tyres for the 2018 season, including two new compounds and extending the range from five to seven levels of hard and softness. The tyres are all one step softer than what we've seen this year, but there's a new superhard tyre that is orange. The hard tyre turns blue, or ice blue, as they call it.

Then come four compounds that we are very familiar with: white mediums, yellow softs, red supersofts and purple ultrasofts. Finally, there's a new pink compound called hypersoft - which was chosen by fans polled by the Italian manufacturer.

Pirelli boss Mario Isola says: "We realised that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tyres we have created for 2018 address this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races."