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Pirelli, pink, megasoft, hypersoft, extreme soft

Pirelli introduce softest tyre for 2018 season

Pirelli, pink, megasoft, hypersoft, extreme soft

Pirelli has confirmed that drivers will have access to a softer tyre compound in 2018, and have requested that fans give a name to their new offerings through social media.

This season saw a new Ultrasoft compound tyre available as the softest available compound, added to the collection of Hard, Medium, Soft and Supersoft as part of the Formula 1 Pirelli range.

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Following complaints that this year’s compounds were too hard, the sport’s exclusive tyre supplier has decided to introduce a sixth compound for the 2018 season, which will thus be their softest options.

The new tire will feature a pink band, but the name has yet to be decided, with fans urged to choose between three naming options of “Megasoft,” “Extremesoft” and “Hypersoft” on Pirelli’s Twitter account.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola announced in Brazil that as many as eight different compounds may used next year, explaining that the tyre manufacturer is keen to have a wider range in order to better suit the nuances of the various circuits.

After a day of testing with McLaren at Interlagos tomorrow (Tuesday) Pirelli is holding a tyre test with all ten F1 teams at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

At this point teams will have the first opportunity to test next year’s tire compounds, including the yet to be named pink band option.