Why did Pirelli’s F1 tyres fail at the British Grand Prix?
Pirelli is investigating the reasons for the tyre failures at this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton limped his Mercedes to the chequered flag at Silverstone on 2 August race after his front-left P Zero White deflated on the last lap. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz both had tyres fail in the final stages too. Mario Isola, who is Pirelli’s head of F1 tyres, explained that the likely causes of their failure were that they wer “extremely well-used”, while Hamilton also spoke of the presence of debris on the track from two accidents early in the race.
Back to the future: the evolution of tyres
Having looked at how we got from the invention of the wheel to the kinds of tyres we know today, our series on the history of tyre technology concludes with an overview of the kinds of technologies currently available.
Pirelli’s top 5 tyre maintenance tips
Pirelli technicians have offered five tyre maintenance tips to help ensure safety and performance for those returning to driving after lockdown.
Auto Bild 2020 summer tyre tests – the finalists
It’s a glaring omission from an illustrious who’s who of the tyre world – the Pirelli P Zero absent from the list of finalists for the Auto Bild summer 2020 tyre test. Its overall result in the initial knock-out round only sufficed for 25th place, a result Auto Bild called “disappointing”. But Pirelli isn’t leaving this stain on the P Zero’s reputation unanswered.
F1 teams reject proposed 2020 Pirelli tyre
The Formula 1 teams have delivered a firm "no thanks" to exclusive tyre supplier Pirelli. They unanimously rejected Pirelli’s 2020 tyre specification in an FIA vote today. As a result, F1 will continue to use the 2019 tyres next season.
Pirelli tyres exclusively on Aston Martin DBX
Aston Martin’s new DBX will be exclusively fitted with a range of three Pirelli tyres – the P Zero for the DBX, the Scorpion Zero AS and the Scorpion Winter. The news follows three years of joint development work that began with laboratory testing before moving on to outdoor testing in varied conditions.
What are all-season and winter tyres?
As the weather gets colder, road safety charity TyreSafe advises that driver make sure their tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure. Of course, it is also good to keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow. And keeping wipers and lights in good working order is sensible too. But, sticking with your car’s seasonal footwear, what tyres are you driving on? Winter tyres, all-season tyres or summer tyres?
Pirelli tyres for Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo
Pirelli has presented its tyre for the new Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo. The Pirelli P Zero DHA is the product of some seven months of close collaboration between Pirelli and Ferrari engineers. The Ferrari will wear the tyre in size 275/675-19 at the front and 315/705-19 at the rear.
BMW choses Pirelli P Zero for M8
Depending on specification, the new, 250 km/h BMW M8 delivers up to 460 kW/625 hp from its 4.4 litre V8 biturbo petrol engine. This power meets the road by way of the Pirelli P Zero. BMW Group has homologated the Pirelli tyre as original equipment for the M8 in size 275/35 ZR 20 (102Y) XL (front axle) and 285/35 ZR 20 (104Y) XL (rear axle).