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Did you know? Pirelli’s 2012 tyre stats

27 November 2012

The 2012 season saw Pirelli once again play a key role in the F1 title race, with the tyres provided to teams proving plenty of action over the course of the campaign.

What follows is a series of stats provided by Pirelli from a dramatic season of child…

Tyres:
• Total number of tyres provided for the season: Race tyres: 31,800 of which 22,500 dry tyres and 9,300 wet tyres plus an additional 6,600 for the tests (not including development tyres)
• Of which (for race tyres only): supersoft: 6 % / soft: 25 % / medium: 21 % / hard: 17 % / intermediate: 18 % / wet: 11 % / 2 % development tyres
• Total numbers of tyres used: Dry tyres: 21,400; wet tyres: 2,100
• Number of tyres recycled during 2012: All, i.e. 31,800 race tyres plus 6,600 test tyres
• Average life span of a dry compound this season: 180 km
• Average life span of a wet compound this season: 140 km

Tracks, Races and Tests:
• Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: India (turn 10-11)
• Longest race of the year: Malaysia in 2hrs 44min 51.812s
• Shortest race of the year: Great Britain in 1 hr 25min 11.288s
• Most laps run on Pirelli tyres: Hard – Kobayashi (798); Medium – Senna (869); Soft – Ricciardo (1,012); Supersoft – Raikkonen (237); Intermediate – Alonso (145); Wet – Kobayashi (104)
• Highest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 248.241 kph (Hamilton / Italy Qualifying)
• Slowest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 161.828 kph (Schumacher / Monaco Qualifying)
• Most fastest laps in 2011: Sebastian Vettel (5 in race / 6 in qualifying)
• Distance covered by Pirelli's Renault R30 test car in 2012: 7,012 kms
• Number of different test tracks visited by Pirelli staff this year (incl. private tests): 9

Pit stops:
• Total number of pit stops for the year: 957 (of which 14 were a Drive Through and 2 a stop&go penalty)
• Total average number of stops per race: 47.9, i.e. 1.9 per driver
• Most pit stops in a race: 76 (Malaysia)
• Least pit stops in a race: 24 (United States)
• Fastest pit stop time: 2.31s (McLaren / Jenson Button at the German Grand Prix)

Overtaking:
• Number of overtaking manoeuvres in 2012: 994 (not including Brazil)
• Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race: 90 at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
• Most overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race: 76 at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix
• Least overtaking manouevres in a dry race: 12 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Other interesting numbers:
• Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2012 (races and tests): Hard – 101,692; Medium – 121,840; Soft – 123,270; Supersoft – 21,993; Intermediate – 13,770; Wet – 7,930
• Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 11 degrees Celsius (17.11.); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at 0 degrees Celsius (10.02.)
• Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Brazilian Grand Prix at 55 degrees Celsius (23.11.)
• Coldest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 4 degrees Celsius (17.11); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at -2 degrees Celsius (10.11.)
• Hottest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Grand Prix of Europe at 37 degrees Celsius (21.06.)
• Amount of time spent downloading all tyre data on the RTS system this year (incl. tests): 92 hrs
• Number of track/air temperature taken by tyre fitter per race weekend: 124
• Total distance travelled by all F1 tyres in 2012 (off-track): 216,967 kms
• Total number of tweets from Pirelli Media: 5,400
• Words written on Pirelli press releases in 2012: 79,744
• Total number of Pirelli recipe books produced (incl. translations): 10,000

Pirelli F1 and its people:
• Total number of Pirelli people travelling to each race: 52
• Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
• Average amount of hours spent by each Pirelli staff member on a plane this year: 192 hrs (or 8 days!)
• Number of Pirelli wristbands given out during the season in the paddock: 4,450
• Total number of hotel nights booked for the Pirelli team: 1,498

Pirelli's F1 Trucks & Hospitality:
• Total amount of trucks at European races: 13
• Total average kilometres travelled by each Pirelli truck in 2012: 31,125 kms
• Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl. tests): 24,132
• Number of coffees served by Pirelli hospitality during the season: 28,350
• Number of different pasta recipes cooked by Pirelli's chef this year: 314
• Amount of mascarpone used for tiramisu and other dolci: 205 kgs

Pirelli in Formula One overall (since 1950):
• Races started: 242
• Wins: 83
• Pole positions: 86
• Podium places: 256
• Fastest laps: 90


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