Pirelli Formula 1 Facts

Posted by: Dan on 28/11/2012

Category: News and Events

In 2012 Pirelli continued their successful relationship with Formula 1 motor racing and brought excitement to motorsports fans around the world. As we look back on the 2012 season, here are just some of the interesting facts about Pirelli's involvement with the sport.

  • More than 38,000 Formula 1 race tyres were produced and shipped around the world for competition and testing.
  • Every single tyre was collected and recycled.
  • The tyres travelled more than 215,000kms by road and air to be used by teams.
  • Tyres were supplied for 18 races and nine test sessions.
  • Only 61% of tyres supplied were actually used.

On top of that, it's clear that world's best performance comes with a cost. You thought you weren't getting the best mileage? Check out these stats:

  • The average life of a dry compound Formula 1 tyre is 180 kilometres.
  • The average life of a wet compound Formula 1 tyre is 140 kilometres.

Other interesting tidbits include:

  • 192 hours spent on planes per team member (based on average of the 52 support staff team)
  • 55 degrees Celcius (131 F) was the hottest track temperature recorded, at the Brazilian Grand Prix November 23 
  • The Pirelli Formula 1 hospitality team served 24,132 meals over the course of the season
  • 247.6 km/h was the highest speed recorded, by Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren-Mercedes while qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix

In 2012 Pirelli continued their successful relationship with Formula 1 motor racing and brought excitement to motorsports fans around the world. As we look back on the 2012 season, here are just some of the interesting facts about Pirelli's involvement with the sport.

  • More than 38,000 Formula 1 race tyres were produced and shipped around the world for competition and testing.
  • Every single tyre was collected and recycled.
  • The tyres travelled more than 215,000kms by road and air to be used by teams.
  • Tyres were supplied for 18 races and nine test sessions.
  • Only 61% of tyres supplied were actually used.
And you think you're not getting good mileage from your tyres? Well top performance comes with a cost attached. The average live of a dry compound Formula 1 tyre? 180kms.


 

Other factoids Pirelli disclosed about its F1 supply:

 

Average life of a dry compound tire: 112 miles;

Average life of a wet compound tire: 87 miles;

Time spent on airplanes, on average, by the 52 support staff team members: 192 hours;

Hottest track temperatures recorded: 55 degrees C (131 degrees F), at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Nov. 23.

Numbers of meals served by the Pirelli F1 hospitality team: 24,132.

Highest top speed recorded: 153.9 mph, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.