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Pirelli asked to simplify tyre names

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25/05/2018

Once upon a time those round black circles of rubber at each corner of the car were called tyres.

Over the years we've had wet and dry, then slicks, inters, full wets and Monsoon.

We've had prime and option, only to morph into hard, medium and soft, thence supersoft, ultrasoft and hypersoft, not forgetting superhard, or brutal as we like to call them.

It was all getting a bit ridiculous.

Now Pirelli has been officially requested to do away with the various names and come up with a more simple solution.

"We've had a request from FOM and FIA to just call them hard, medium and soft," the Italian manufacturer's head of car racing (a somewhat silly title in itself) Mario Isola told reporters.

"With three colours, the same colours and same names for all the races," he continued, "but obviously different compounds, because you cannot use the same compounds in Silverstone or Monaco.

"On a second level we will have compound A, B, C, D, E, F or whatever, and we will tell you that for this race, the hard is B, the medium is D, and whatever. So for spectators it's probably more understandable, but you also have the possibility to go deeper in detail for technical information that we will continue to provide. It's an ongoing discussion, but we said we are available to evaluate this change."

At the same time, while the various names are dropped, so too will the ever-increasing rainbow of colours that help identify them.

"I made a check with production and logistics, obviously we need to understand all the implications," said Isola. "We produce a specific batch for each race, to be sure that they all come from the same batch, so honestly to put a purple label or a yellow label or any other colour is not a big issue."

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1. Posted by mickl, 26/05/2018 22:46

"well we can have:
Hard
Medium
Soft
Soft Soft
Soft Soft Soft
Soft Soft Soft Soft"

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2. Posted by ZJAY, 25/05/2018 22:08

"We need more tires suppliers. Just impose a minimum of one pit stop per race. "

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3. Posted by Yeyox02, 25/05/2018 18:23

"Poor brain capacity to remember the names of a simple set of tyres."

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4. Posted by FormerF1Fan, 25/05/2018 17:32

"Yet another lowest-common-denominator american banalisation of these black circular things that go round and round."

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5. Posted by Insane Reindeer, 25/05/2018 16:14

"What on earth is wrong with the current naming system? It's as brutally simple as it could possible be. If you really, really, cannot be bothered to remember the names then just look at the colours. "

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6. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 25/05/2018 14:53

"An imaginary commentary: "He's using the soft tyres to great effect - of course these softs are not the same as the softs used in the last race........" I actually thought that, if we have to have so many compounds, then naming them as they are at present was pretty straightforward. Must be too complicated for some, though (several names come to mind - CC, GM, SB)."

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7. Posted by Jezzer, 25/05/2018 13:50

"No we definitely need two, one called Michelin and and the other Goodyear. Get rid of Pirelli as well as the silly names
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8. Posted by nonickname, 25/05/2018 10:59

"Perhaps we just have one called Michelin "

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