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      05-08-2012, 02:32 AM   #199
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now I have to do the 9 hour schlep to Montreal...just for a hat? Worth it.
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      05-14-2012, 04:55 AM   #205
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      05-15-2012, 08:44 PM   #206
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      05-16-2012, 08:40 PM   #207
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      05-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #208
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Speaking of Lotus, will they get P1 in Monaco?

It seems like its only a matter of time until they win a race....
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      05-17-2012, 01:04 AM   #209
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Speaking of Lotus, will they get P1 in Monaco?

It seems like its only a matter of time until they win a race....
Kimi got this.
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      05-17-2012, 01:45 AM   #210
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^ I think a Lotus win is inevtiable, they have great pace and Kimi is a beast behind the wheel. I must say though, Grosjean is no slouch either
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      05-17-2012, 07:29 PM   #211
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I want to see Schumi make a comeback. Kimi has done more in 2 races then Schumi in 2 years. Sucks.
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Pirelli brings around 1800 tyres to each Grand Prix, but the destiny of these tyres is mapped out long before they arrive at the circuit. The tyres for each race are made in a specific production run before the Grand Prix.

They are manufactured at Pirelli’s state of the art motorsport facility in Izmit, just outside the Turkish capital of Istanbul. During the production process, each tyre is allocated a bar code provided by the FIA, the sport’s governing body.]

This bar code is the tyre’s ‘passport’, which is embedded firmly into the structure during the vulcanisation process and cannot be swapped. The code contains all the details of each tyre, making it traceable throughout the race weekend with Pirelli’s RTS (Racing Tyre System) software, which can read and update all the data.


For European Grands Prix, the tyres are then transported to Pirelli’s logistics and distribution hub at Didcot in the United Kingdom. Once they arrive there, an FIA official receives a list of bar codes, which relate to the tyres that will be taken to the next Grand Prix.

The FIA then allocates bar codes, and therefore tyres, to each individual teams at random. Pirelli itself is not involved in this process at all, meaning that the Italian firm cannot influence which tyres are allocated to which teams, although a rigorous quality control process in Izmit ensures that all the tyres leaving the factory are identical.

Once at the circuit, the tyres are then allocated to the teams in strict compliance with the list that has been previously prepared by the FIA. The bar codes allow both the FIA and Pirelli to ensure that the right teams, according to the regulations, are using the correct tyres.

Each team is allocated a Pirelli engineer, who works exclusively with that team for all of the year, but the database that every engineer works off allows the engineer to see only information relating specifically to his or her team over the weekend, so that individual strategies are not compromised.

Development data is overseen by Pirelli’s senior engineers, who monitor all the information in order to assist the research team in charge of shaping the next generation of tyres.

Paul Hembery - Pirelli motorsport director
“Even if we wanted to, which we certainly don’t, there is no way that we could influence which tyres are being allocated to which teams, as this is a job taken care of entirely by the FIA once the tyres have left the Izmit factory. It is just another way that impartiality can be ensured among all the teams, which is a huge priority for us as exclusive tyre supplier. The way that our team engineers work also respects this confidentiality, which is always of paramount importance.”

Countdown to a Grand Prix
Before the Grand Prix:


•Pirelli, with the approval from the FIA, selects the tyres for the race, a softer compound plus a harder compound.

•Production of the tyre allocation begins at the Izmit factory in Turkey. We supply approximately 1800 Formula One tyres for each race, about 700 more if the race is a GP2 round as well as 600 for GP3.

Two weeks before the Grand Prix:

•For European events the tyres for the race are transported by road from Izmit to Didcot, a journey of approximately 3100 kilometres that takes three days.

•The tyres arrive at the Didcot facility and have their bar codes scanned into Pirelli’s system. The FIA is then notified of the bar codes.

•At random, the FIA allocates certain bar codes to each team. The allocated tyres are then sorted out by team in Didcot and loaded into seven trucks for transportation to the Grand Prix (four trucks for Formula 1, three trucks for GP2 and GP3).

One week before the Grand Prix:

•The trucks set off from Didcot for the race, normally arriving on the Monday before the race takes place. The 18 fitters set up the fitting area and the bar codes are confirmed again with the FIA.

Five days before the Grand Prix:

•The fitters start fitting tyres onto the rims. It takes an experienced fitter 2.5 minutes to fit one tyre from start to finish: for all the tyres of the weekend they need two days. The teams own the wheels: they are brought to Pirelli at the circuit for the tyres to be fitted onto them.

During the Grand Prix weekend:

•The sporting regulations determine that one set of the harder dry tyre must be returned after the first practice session, with one set of the softer and one set of the harder compound to be returned before the start of the third practice session. A further set of softer and one of the harder compound must be returned before the start of qualifying. This means that each driver has six sets of the dry compounds (three of each specification) available for qualifying and the race.

•Tyres that are returned get taken off their rims, as they won’t be used anymore, with the rims being returned to the teams.

After the Grand Prix:

•All remaining tyres, both used and unused, are taken off their rims and then transported back to Didcot. When they arrive, the tyres are taken to a specialised plant where they are shredded and then burned at very high temperature in order to produce fuel for cement factories. The material produced in this process can also be used for road surfaces and other industrial applications.
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      05-18-2012, 02:25 AM   #213
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That would be great, 6 races, 6 winners. This season is by far the best in years, At least Vettel isn't dominating lol.
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Yes! Best season ever!

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Quite interesting! Thats a lot of rubber at each race.
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I bet Pirelli could make more money selling F1 tires to fans than shredding and burning them. I would imagine they would have to slice the side walls or something so they weren't unuseable as tires. They could even sell them at the race - cash and carry. If you want to be real clever you put them on ebay by team. Would you like to bid on one of Ferrari's tires? No problem, but that will cost you more than one from HRT. Comes complete with letter from Pirelli with the serial number authetification. Of course Bernie would want his peice of the action.
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Thanks for posting this. Great read.

I find it hard to believe that Hamilton would leave for either Ferrari or Red Bull. The former simply haven't shown consistent form in the past few years, and have a more traditional #1 - #2 driver strategy. The latter is effectively "Vettel's team", and it would block Red Bull from promoting any of their own very capable young drivers (Vergne, Ricciardo, etc.).

However, Mercedes is a distinct possibility. Nico Rosberg is not an assertive, domineering driver like Vettel or Alonso, so he would be a good match for Hamilton. The only question mark is Mercedes' long term viability (will they stay in the sport or not?).
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