2012 Formula 1 tyre Statistics – Pirelli


  • Total number of tyres provided for the season: Race tyres: 31,800 of which 22,500 dry tyres and 9,300 wet tyres plus an additional 6,600 for the tests (not including development tyres)
  • Of which (for race tyres only): supersoft: 6 % / soft: 25 %  / medium: 21 %  / hard: 17 %  / intermediate: 18 % /  wet: 11 % / 2 % development tyres
  • Total numbers of tyres used: Dry tyres: 21,400; wet tyres: 2,100
  • Number of tyres recycled during 2012: All, i.e. 31,800 race tyres plus 6,600 test tyres
  • Average life span of a dry compound this season: 180 km
  • Average life span of a wet compound this season: 140 km

Tracks, Races and Tests

  • Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: India (turn 10-11)
  • Longest race of the year: Malaysia in 2hrs 44min 51.812s
  • Shortest race of the year: Great Britain in 1 hr 25min 11.288s
  • Most laps run on Pirelli tyres: Hard – Kobayashi (798); Medium – Senna (869); Soft – Ricciardo (1,012); Supersoft – Raikkonen (237); Intermediate – Alonso (145); Wet – Kobayashi (104)
  • Highest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 248.241 kph (Hamilton / Italy Qualifying)
  • Slowest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 161.828 kph (Schumacher / Monaco Qualifying)
  • Most fastest laps in 2011: Sebastian Vettel (5 in race / 6 in qualifying)
  • Distance covered by Pirelli’s Renault R30 test car in 2012:  7,012 kms
  • Number of different test tracks visited by Pirelli staff this year (incl. private tests): 9

Pit stops

  • Total number of pit stops for the year: 957 (of which 14 were a Drive Through and 2 a stop&go penalty)
  • Total average number of stops per race: 47.9, i.e. 1.9 per driver
  • Most pit stops in a race: 76 (Malaysia)
  • Least pit stops in a race: 24 (United States)
  • Fastest pit stop time: 2.31s (McLaren / Jenson Button at the German Grand Prix)


  • Number of overtaking manoeuvres in 2012: 994 (not including Brazil)
  • Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race: 90 at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
  • Most overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race: 76 at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix
  • Least overtaking manouevres in a dry race: 12 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Other interesting numbers

  • Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2012 (races and tests): Hard – 101,692; Medium – 121,840; Soft – 123,270; Supersoft – 21,993; Intermediate – 13,770; Wet – 7,930
  • Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 11 degrees Celsius (17.11.); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at 0 degrees Celsius (10.02.)
  • Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Brazilian Grand Prix at 55 degrees Celsius (23.11.)
  • Coldest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 4 degrees Celsius (17.11); coldest overall:  Jerez winter testing at -2 degrees Celsius (10.11.)
  • Hottest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Grand Prix of Europe at 37 degrees Celsius (21.06.)
  • Amount of time spent downloading all tyre data on the RTS system this year (incl. tests): 92 hrs
  • Number of track/air temperature taken by tyre fitter per race weekend: 124
  • Total distance travelled by all F1 tyres in 2012 (off-track):  216,967 kms
    • Total number of tweets from Pirelli Media: 5,400
    • Words written on Pirelli press releases in 2012: 79,744
      • Total number of Pirelli recipe books produced (incl. translations): 10,000

Pirelli F1 and its people

  • Total number of Pirelli people travelling to each race: 52
  • Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
  • Average amount of hours spent by each Pirelli staff member on a plane this year: 192 hrs (or 8 days!)
  • Number of Pirelli wristbands given out during the season in the paddock: 4,450
  • Total number of hotel nights booked for the Pirelli team: 1,498

Pirelli’s F1 Trucks & Hospitality

  • Total amount of trucks at European races: 13
  • Total average kilometres travelled by each Pirelli truck in 2012: 31,125 kms
  • Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl. tests): 24,132
  • Number of coffees served by Pirelli hospitality during the season: 28,350
  • Number of different pasta recipes cooked by Pirelli’s chef this year: 314
  • Amount of mascarpone used for tiramisu and other dolci: 205 kgs

Pirelli in Formula One overall (since 1950)

  • Races started: 242
  • Wins: 83
  • Pole positions: 86
  • Podium places: 256
  • Fastest laps: 90

Source: Pirelli

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