Pirelli Officially launched 2015 F1 tyre – With three days to go before the first round of motorsport’s premier racing series, Pirelli’s season comes to life with the presentation the 2015 Formula One tyres, marking the Italian firm’s fifth consecutive year in the sport. This underlines Pirelli’s strategy of expansion in the world of motorsport, where the company is already the world leader thanks to more than 300 championships in over 40 countries: half of which are in open tyre competition.
WHAT’S NEW IN FORMULA ONE THIS YEAR: The tyres have all been evolved from 2014 to meet the requirements of the latest cars. The 2015 cars could be up to two seconds per lap faster than previously, with the latest-specification hybrid power units delivering higher average speeds. There’s a new rear construction for the entire P Zero range, designed to distribute heat and forces more evenly, leading to more consistent performance. One of the key evolutions on all the tyres this year has been optimisation of the footprint pressure and temperature distribution. This presents a more even contact with the asphalt, improving grip and handling. An all-new supersoft compound introduced for 2015 is designed to guard against blistering and graining. This development work that has been taking place throughout the off-season underlines once more Pirelli’s continual evolution and philosophy of improvement, as demonstrated since the company entered Formula One back in 2011.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery, launching the company’s latest motorsport programmes in Melbourne, said: “It’s a real privilege for us to get the Formula One season underway here, and present our plans for the season ahead in such a vital territory for Pirelli. The Asia-Pacific region is really where Pirelli’s motorsport history originally started, thanks to victory in the 1907 Peking to Paris road race, and this year we actually celebrate 90 years since Pirelli won its first grand prix championship in 1925. While tyre technology has changed unrecognisably since then, competition remains firmly coded into our DNA, as the foremost means of developing innovations that will one day be seen on the road, benefitting road safety as well as pure performance. This season, we’re looking forward to understanding how exactly the teams have evolved their cars, as this changes the interaction between the tyre and the circuit, and we have a new race in Mexico: another country where we have a factory and a strong presence. We are also expanding our global activities outside Formula One, consolidating Pirelli’s reputation as the tyre manufacturer most heavily involved in motorsport throughout the world. Pre-season Formula One testing in Spain showed that the performance of our latest tyres is in line with what we expected, with the improvements that we have made delivering the results we intended with this latest generation of cars up to now.”
Pirelli Moto racing activities director Giorgio Barbier added: “Collaboration and a constructive approach towards developers, manufacturers, teams and riders have always been the ingredients of our success. The work we do in the top championship for production-based bikes, as well as in all the series in which we participate, is fundamental for the development of our racing tyres, which are the same as those sold to customers. With increasing motorbike sales in the region, Asia-Pacific, is becoming a very interesting market for us, where we will invest even more over the next few years.” (Pirelli)