Formula One’s official tyre supplier Pirelli has developed a brand new tyre range for the 2014 season in response to the radical changes to the technical regulations.
The revolutionary changes present a completely different set of vehicle dynamics, which has led Pirelli to work with its partner teams, including Williams, to adapt its entire tyre range to best suit the characteristics of the 2014 cars.
The new compounds are generally slightly harder than their 2013 equivalents to optimise grip.
The full wet tyre has a new rear tread pattern in order to reduce aquaplaning by increasing how much water can be dispersed at full speed.
Two slick tyre compounds will be nominated by Pirelli for each race based on their suitability to the track characteristics with drivers having to run both compounds for at least one stint in a fully dry race.
The Cinturato intermediate and wet weather tyres will be used in the case of inclement conditions and their use in race conditions will negate the need to run both slick tyre compounds.
Pirelli’s P Zero and Cinturato tyres are classified as follows and can be easily identified by the colour of the side wall:
Supersoft (P Zero Red)
Soft (P Zero Yellow)
Medium (P Zero White)
Hard (P Zero Orange) Intermediate (Cinturato Green) Wet (Cinturato Blue)