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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.
The exhaust has been this Formula One season’s technical talking point, be it Renault’s forward facing exhausts, Exhaust Blown Diffusers or the off-throttle engine maps designed to make best use of them. However, the position of the exhaust can have a secondary benefit in that the hot gases generated can influence the temperature of the rear tyres.
Of course, too much heat can be detrimental to the performance of the tyres and it’s noteworthy that some teams have often run a fence between the tyre and the exhaust, probably in order …