Pirelli has answered the age old question, well maybe not that old, of who, what and how many during the 2017 Formula One season.
“In a record-breaking season, we have collected record-breaking numbers." says Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing "Formula 1 introduced radical new technical regulations this year, which resulted in the fastest cars ever seen in the sport’s history. So our mission was to build the fastest-ever tires – 25% wider than their predecessors to cope with the massively increased cornering speeds and energy loads – this nonetheless allowed the drivers to push hard from start to finish of every stint. We developed these tires throughout 2016, despite not even seeing a 2017 car until the first pre-season test at Barcelona. Over the course of 2017, pole position was on average 2.450 seconds faster than in 2016, and the fastest race lap was on average 2.968 seconds quicker than last year. In spite of forces that were sometimes up to 35-40% higher than 2016 through the quickest corners, our 2017 tires achieved all the targets established at the beginning of the season, with an optimal level of reliability and consistency. Now we look forward to next season, with an even faster tire introduced to the 2018 range and with every compound going a step softer, which should help contribute to even more speed and spectacle in the future”.
Here's what 2017 looked like to the bean-counters:
Total number of tires supplied in 2017: 38,788
33,520 tires were supplied for race weekends and 5,268 for testing
25,572 were slicks and 13,016 were rain or intermediate tires
Total number of tires used during race weekends: 12,920, of which 11,532 were slick tires and 1,388 were rain or intermediates
Total number of tires that were recovered: all
Maximum number of miles driven on each tire compound (excluding tests):
Hard tire: 46 miles (Esteban Ocon, Force India)
Medium tire: 365 miles (Lance Stroll, Williams)
Soft tire: 2,918 miles (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
Supersoft tire: 3,890 miles (Sergio Perez, Force India)
Ultrasoft tire: 2,904 miles (Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren)
Intermediate tire: 269 miles (Lance Stroll, Williams)
Wet tire: 150 miles (Felipe Massa, Williams)
Total number of pit stops: 533 (including 6 drive-throughs and one stop and go)
This makes an average of 26.7 overall pit stops per race, and 1.5 pit stops per driver in each race
The most pit stops in a 2017 race: 41 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
The least pit stops in a 2017 race: 18 at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Total number of overtaking maneuvers during the 2017 season: 435 (*), with an average of 21.8 overtakes per race
Highest number of overtaking maneuvers at a dry race: 42 in Azerbaijan
Highest number of overtaking maneuvers at a wet race: 31 in China
Lowest number of overtaking maneuvers at a dry race: 1 in Russia
Driver with the most overtaking maneuvers during the year: Daniel Ricciardo, 43
Driver with the most overtaking maneuvers at a single race: Daniel Ricciardo, 13 (British Grand Prix)
Driver who has been overtaken the least: Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, 2 times (**).
Driver who made up the most places on an opening lap: Lance Stroll, who gained 36 positions on an opening lap
Formula 1 Team that carried out the most overtaking: Red Bull with 65 overtaking moves – 43 were done by Daniel Ricciardo and 22 by Max Verstappen
Teams that were overtaken the least: Red Bull was overtaken only 11 times (Daniel Ricciardo was overtaken 9 times, Max Verstappen 2 times). Ferrari was also only overtaken 11 times throughout the 2017 season (Kimi Raikkonen overtaken 8 times, Sebastian Vettel 3 times).
(*) How overtaking moves are calculated: an overtaking maneuver is counted as one that takes place during complete flying laps (so not on the opening lap) and is then maintained all the way to the lap’s finish line. Position changes due to major mechanical problems or lapping/unlapping are not counted.
(**) Only drivers who have taken part in the whole season are counted.
CIRCUITS AND RACING:
Longest race of the year: Azerbaijan – 2 hours, 3 minutes and 55.753 seconds
Shortest race of the year: Italian Grand Prix at Monza – 1 hour, 15 minutes and 32.312 seconds
Fastest race of the year: Italian Grand Prix at Monza - the winner Lewis Hamilton’s average speed was 151.382 miles per hour
Pirelli P Zero Formula 1 tire’s highest speed during a 2017 Grand Prix: 225.2 miles per hour by Sebastian Vettel in Mexico.
Highest number of fastest laps: Lewis Hamilton with 18 (7 in races and 11 in qualifying)
Highest number of laps in the lead: Lewis Hamilton with 527 laps as the leader.
PIRELLI IN FORMULA 1 – TOTAL NUMBERS SINCE 1950:
Pole positions: 184
Fastest laps: 188
Driver titles: 12
Team titles: 7
OTHER INTERESTING NUMBERS:
Number of drivers (including third drivers and young drivers) who have driven a Pirelli-equipped Formula 1 car since 2010: 112
Total number of miles achieved on the tire compounds in 2017 (including tests, practice, qualifying and races; and excluding prototype tires): 204,536 miles
By tire compound:
Hard 963 miles
Medium 12,588 miles
Soft 58,964 miles
Supersoft 73,774 miles
Ultrasoft 51,862 miles
Intermediate 4,405 miles
Wet 1,980 miles
Distance covered in 2017 races: 63,912 miles
Distance covered during development tests: 8,876 miles
Number of fastest laps in qualifying and races set by the world champion in 2017: 18 (7 in races and 11 in qualifying)
Lowest average speed to win a dry race in 2017: 92.072 miles per hour (Daniel Ricciardo at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix)
Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a Sunday race: 57°F in China
Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 57°F in China
Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a Sunday race: 131°F in Hungary.
Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 133°F in Bahrain
Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a Sunday race: 55°F in China
Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 55°F in China
Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a Sunday race: 91°F in Hungary
Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 109°F in Bahrain.
2018 TIRE TESTS:
8 circuits: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Budapest, Magny-Cours, Mexico City, Paul Ricard, Sakhir, Silverstone.
Total number of tire prototypes tested: 198 (147 slick, 18 intermediate and 33 rain tires).
Total number of miles driven by each Formula 1 team during the 2018 tire tests:
Red Bull: 1,639 miles
McLaren: 1,460.29 miles
Mercedes: 1,227.02 miles
Ferrari: 960.71 miles
Renault: 752.05 miles
Toro Rosso: 746.26 miles
Haas: 618.62 miles
Sauber: 585.69 miles
Williams: 582.02 miles
Force India: 304.88 miles
THE PIRELLI FORMULA 1 TEAM AND ITS GUESTS IN 2017:
Pirelli Formula 1 team members who traveled to each race: 60 (on average)
Nationalities represented within the Pirelli Formula 1 team: 10
Different languages spoken by team members: 10
Total number of Pirelli Formula 1 press releases: 210
Number of Pirelli Formula 1 infographics: 167
Number of @PirelliSport Formula 1 tweets in 2017: approx. 2,400
Pirelli notebooks distributed throughout the season: approx. 3,000
Number of guests: 6,350
Pirelli podium caps sold: 13,580
PIRELLI’S HOSPITALITY NUMBERS IN 2017:
Meals served within Pirelli’s hospitality area in 2017 (including tests): 15,900
Water drunk in Pirelli’s hospitality area: 3,804 gallons
Olive oil used during the year: 137 gallons
Pasta cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 1918 pounds
Rice cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 705 pounds
Parmesan cheese used: 265 pounds
Prosciutto consumed: 176 pounds
Coffees served at Pirelli’s hospitality: almost 30,200
Pizzas cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 400
Number of desserts in Pirelli’s hospitality area: 55
Ice creams eaten at Pirelli’s hospitality: 7,600
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