Pirelli’s 2013 Formula 1 season in numbers

Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Saturday 21 September 2013.

Pirelli, the exclusive tyre supplier to Formula 1, has done all the maths and stats after a long and often grueling World Championship season – and it all makes for some very interesting reading.

As Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, explains, “Each year, we publish the numbers that tell the story of our Formula 1 season. This year, we wanted to talk about all the numbers from the three-year period between 2011 and 2013, as one era closes and another one opens.”

“Personally speaking, even I have been astonished by the statistics our engineers have calculated relating to our initial Formula 1 contract: more than 110,000 tyres supplied, 3000 pit stops, and an average of 56 overtaking manoeuvres per race.”

Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, USA, Friday 15 November 2013

“These three years have also been characterised by unstinting dedication from all our people, both on the track and in our Research and Development facilities, in order to meet the needs of teams and drivers through state-of-the-art technical solutions – as all the key players themselves have acknowledged.”

“Throughout the three-year period, the tyre specification has completely changed year on year, as well as being evolved throughout the season: an effort that has never been seen before under a single tyre supplier regime in Formula 1.”

“We were presented with a challenging task and we met it: as the teams, drivers and Championship organisers have pointed out on several occasions. And it’s in that same spirit that we are now working towards 2014.”

Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Thursday 22 August 2013.

Tyres (From 2011 To 2013)

  • Total number of tyres supplied from 2011 to 2013: 112,200. Of these, 93,600 have been for races and 18,600 for testing. Of the 93,600 race tyres, 68,800 were slicks and 24,800 were rain tyres. In 2013, the total number of tyres supplied was 33,200.
  • Total number of tyres actually used in races: 72,200: of which 65,800 were slicks and 7,400 were rain tyres. In 2013, the total number of slick tyres used was 23,300 and the total number of rain tyres used was 2,400.
  • Total number of tyres that were recycled: all 112,200.

Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Race Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday 6 October 2013.

Pit Stops (From 2011 To 2013)

  • Total number of pit stops: 3,019 (of these, 58 were drive-through penalties and nine were stop and go penalties). In 2013 there were 951 pit stops: an average of 50.05 per race and 2.3 per driver.
  • Highest number of pit stops in one race: 88 in the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix (three of which were drive-through penalties).
  • Lowest number of pit stops in one race: 24 in the 2012 United States Grand Prix and 2013 Italian Grand Prix.
  • Fastest pit stop: 1.923s (Red Bull/Mark Webber in the 2013 United States Grand Prix)

Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday 27 October 2013.

Overtaking (From 2011 To 2013)

  • Total number of overtaking manoeuvres: 3,274 (an average of 56 per race). In 2013, there were 985 overtaking manoeuvres.
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race; 126, in the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix.
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race; 147, in the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Lowest number of overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race’ 12 in the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.

Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday 31 October 2013.

Circuits And Races In 2013

  • Circuits that subject the tyre to the most energy per kilometre (lateral, braking, traction, etc.): Barcelona, Suzuka.
  • Longest race of the year: Monaco, two hours, 17 minutes, 52.056 seconds.
  • Shortest race of the year: Italy, 1 hour, 18 minutes, 33.352 seconds.
  • Highest number of laps on each Pirelli compound: Hard – Rosberg (689); Medium – Hamilton (1,420); Soft – Hulkenberg (308); Supersoft – Rosberg (292); Intermediate – Webber (178); Wet – Gutierrez (66).
  • Highest speed reached by a P Zero Formula 1 tyre in 2013: 341.1 km/h (Esteban Gutierrez at the Italian Grand Prix).
  • Highest number of fastest laps: Sebastian Vettel (seven in races and seven in qualifying).
  • Highest total number of laps on Pirelli tyres: 684 (Sebastian Vettel)
  • Number of races in which the pole position record was broken: three (Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel at the Singapore Grand Prix and Indian Grand Prix).
  • Number of races in which the fastest race lap record was broken: one (Sebastian Vettel at the Singapore Grand Prix).


Pirelli And Its Formula 1 Team In 2013

  • Number of people who travel to each race: 55
  • Number of different nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
  • Total number of different languages spoken by the Pirelli F1 team: 14
  • Total number of Pirelli notebooks distributed within the paddock: 1,125
  • Total number of Pirelli podium caps sold: 16,000


Pirelli Hospitality In 2013

  • Total number of meals served in Pirelli’s hospitality (including testing): 12,500
  • Litres of water drunk in Pirelli’s hospitality: 5,000
  • Kilograms of pasta cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 900
  • Number of pizzas cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 240
  • Number of different dessert recipes made in Pirelli’s hospitality: 40
  • Number of desserts eaten in Pirelli’s hospitality: 6,000

Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday 28 July 2013.

Pirelli In Formula 1 (Since 1950)

  • Races: 261
  • Victories: 102
  • Pole positions: 105
  • Podiums: 313
  • Fastest laps: 109

Formula One World Championship, Rd18, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, USA, Thursday 14 November 2013

Other Interesting Statistics

  • Total number of drivers who have driven on the Pirelli F1 compounds since 2010: 81 (including third drivers and young drivers).
  • Total kilometres covered by all the P Zero compounds in 2013 (races and tests): 358,784. By compound: Hard – 96,596; Medium – 177,838; Soft – 34,139; Supersoft – 23,678; Intermediate – 21,350; Wet – 5,183.
  • Lowest track temperature in which the Pirelli tyres have raced: 17 degrees centigrade at theBritish Grand Prix. The lowest track temperature seen all season was at the pre-season Jerez test: six degrees centigrade.
  • Highest track temperature in which the Pirelli tyres have raced: 54 degrees centigrade at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
  • Lowest ambient temperature in which the Pirelli tyres have raced: 14 degrees centigrade at the United States Grand Prix. The lowest ambient temperature seen all season was at the pre-season Jerez test: four degrees centigrade.
  • Highest ambient temperature in which the Pirelli tyres have raced: 36 degrees centigrade at the Bahrain Grand Prix.


  • jurrabi

    This was a really good year in fact.

    I still wonder, nonetheless, if they use the same state-of-the-art technical solutions for their street wheels…

    Will they blow off just the same then?

  • dcloudy777

    If you’re dumb enough to put a directional tire on the wrong way, then yes, probably.

    It’s like pouring petrol on a fire and then blaming BP for your burns….

  • Hawk

    At least Esteban has something to go away with.
    Didn’t understand the statistic of highest total number of laps

  • Butterfly

    Pirelli should pride themselves with 3x WDC+WCC during their time in F1. Not bad, except they were the only supplier…

  • Butterfly

    I’m looking at that picture of a black F1 car and I’m thinking it might be the Ferrari F10. Any ideas, anyone?

  • TylerC

    Renault R30?

  • Braders620

    They forgot one statistic. How many blows out was there this year? Hahah

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Numbers, numbers numbers…..yawn……

  • Zombie Jebus Will Eat Your Brain and Take Your Knowledge

    Pirelli sucks.

    In addition to ruining 3 seasons of F1, they killed Paul Walker. RIP Paul!

    Boycott Pirelli