By Patrick Raleigh, Crain News Service
BURTON UPON TRENT, England (Dec. 15, 2014) — During this year's Formula 1 World Championship season, drivers used 83 sets of the hard tires, 378 of the medium, 463 sets of the soft and 177 sets of the supersoft tires, Pirelli S.p.A. said recently.
These figures, added the tire maker, are just for tires used in practice, qualifying and races and do not take into account the intermediate and wet tires that were used as well.
All of Pirelli's Formula 1 tires are made at a dedicated facility in Izmit, Turkey, and also pass through the company's engineering and logistics hub in the British town of Didcot, Oxfordshire, for sorting and distribution prior to each race.
Next year's F1 tires will be evolutions of the current versions, Pirelli noted, adding that the race cars are expected to be significantly faster in 2015.
This report appeared on the website of European Rubber Journal, a UK-based sister publication of Tire Business.