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Pirelli’s (and F1’s) Season in Numbers

By Mav | 27 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 2,387 views

Pirelli have released an overview of their season in numbers. For instance, did you realise a total of 24,000 tyres have been used over the season while drivers have made 1111 trips to the pit lane (including penalties) during this year’s races? Incredibly, an estimated 10.2 tonnes of rubber have been deposited on the track in 2011, although great care was taken to recover Sebastian Vettel’s in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, although perhaps less crucially, their hospitality served 43,250 cups of espresso.

Tyres
· Total number of tyres provided for the season (dry and wets): Race tyres: 24,000 dry tyres; 4,600 wet tyres plus an additional 6,000 for the tests
· Total number of tyres used: Dry tyres: 21,100; wet tyres: 2,900
· Total number of tyres unused: Dry tyres: 2,900; wet tyres: 1,700
· Total kilogrammes of rubber deposited on track in 2011: 10,200
· Number of tyres recycled during 2011: All, i.e. 28,600 race tyres plus 6,000 test tyres
· Average life span of a dry compound this season: 120 km

Tracks and Races
· Tracks which puts the most energy into a tyre per km (lateral, braking, traction, etc.): Barcelona and Suzuka
· Track which puts the least energy into a tyre per km (lateral, braking, traction, etc.): Monza
· Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: Istanbul (Turn 8)
· Track with the ‘easiest’ corners in terms of tyres: Montréal
· Longest race of the year: Montréal with 4hrs 04min 39.537s
· Shortest races of the year: Monza with 1hrs 20min 46.272s
· Pole position lap records broken: 11
· Race lap records broken: 2
· Most laps led on Pirelli tyres: 739 (Sebastian Vettel)
· Highest speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 349.2 kph (Sergio Perez in Monza Qualifying)

Pit stops
· Total number of pit stops for the year: 1111 (really! – of which 22 were a Drive Through and 4 a stop-go penalty)
· Total average number of stops per race: 58.4, i.e. 2.25 per driver
· Most pit stops in a race: Hungary (88 – of which 3 were a Drive Through)
· Least pit stops in a race: Italy (35)
· Fastest pit stop time: 2.82 seconds (Mercedes GP, Chinese Grand Prix)
 
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Overtaking
· Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race: 126 at the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix
· Most overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race: 125 at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Other interesting numbers
· Total number of F1 drivers to have driven on P Zero compounds: 57 (including third drivers and young drivers)
· Oldest driver to have driven a P Zero F1 tyre: Martin Brundle (51 years old)
· Youngest driver to have driven a P Zero F1 tyre: Kevin Ceccon (18 years old)
· Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2011: 307,657 km (races and tests)
· Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: German Grand Prix at 13 degrees Celsius; coldest overall: Valencia winter testing at 6 degrees
· Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at 43 degrees Celsius; hottest overall: Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test 49 degrees Celsius
· Total weight of tyres each fitter handles during a season: 16,389 kgs
· Average time taken for a Pirelli fitter to fit an F1 tyre from scratch: 2m30s
· Time taken for Sebastian Vettel to fit an F1 tyre from scratch: 5m13s

Pirelli F1 and its people
· Total number of Pirelli people travelling to a race: 52
· Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
· Total number of languages within the Pirelli F1 team: 14
· Number of hours that Paul Hembery has been interviewed at GP events: 61 hrs, 25 min

Pirelli’s F1 Trucks & Hospitality
· Total amount of trucks at European races: 12
· Total kilometers travelled by Pirelli’s trucks in 2011: 925,326
· Number of hours needed to put up and take down Pirelli’s hospitality unit in Europe: 10 hours to put up; 8 hours to take down
· Number of people required to put up and take down Pirelli’s hospitality unit in Europe: 6
· Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl tests): 28,612
· Number of cups of espresso served by Pirelli hospitality during the season (incl tests): 43,250
· Kilogrammes of pasta cooked by Pirelli’s chef during the season (incl tests): 1,220 (all types combined!)

Credit: Pirelli Tyres

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