Pirelli explains new ‘shiny tyre’ look for F1 2019

Pirelli boss Mario Isola explains why the Italian manufacturer’s F1 tyres have a shiny new look for 2019.
The addition of shiny-look tyres is one of a number of alterations made by Pirelli for this year, including a new coding system in a bid to simplify its range of compounds.
Pirelli says a new production method has been introduced in order to get rid of imperfections and improve the construction of the compounds, resulting in the new look.
Mario Isola: “The reason why we introduced this technology is that especially the Hypersoft last year, and C4/5 [softest 2019 compounds] are very sticky and, when you vulcanise and cook the tyre, it’s difficult for the mould sometimes.”

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