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Pirelli shares how it designs tires in the midst of a pandemic

High-tech simulations replace lots of on-road testing

When the coronavirus pandemic forced Italian tyremaker Pirelli to temporarily shut its factories in March, R&D chief Pierangelo Misani needed a rapid rethink. With a new range of products due to be launched by early next year at the latest, Misani scrambled technicians and IT teams to get more research and development shifted online so locked down engineers could test materials and tyres virtually. The pandemic has disrupted production and sales for tyremakers worldwide - Pirelli's r

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Pirelli expects more predictable F1 after 2020 tire decision

They also expect nest year F1 cars to be more than a second quicker per lap

Formula One is likely to be more predictable this season after teams opted to stick with last year's tyre specification, according to Pirelli's racing head Mario Isola. Isola said all the teams were now very familiar with the 2019 tyres and there would be no learning curve, as in the past, and nor should there be any struggle with the warmup phase.

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All 10 F1 teams vote to stick with existing Pirelli tires for 2020

'The lessons learnt will be invaluable for the further improvement of the tires in the future'

Teams were testing a mixture of the 2019 and 2020 specification tyres in post-season testing and Pirelli said last week that they had received mixed results from teams and their drivers. A vote required at least 70% of teams to agree to continue using the current compounds for the next season. "The vote resulted in a unanimous decision to keep the 2019 specification tyres for the 2020 season by the Formula One teams," the FIA said in a statement.

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ChemChina to buy Pirelli for $7.7 billion

China National Tire & Rubber Company, a division of China National Chemical Corporation, is working to buy Italian tire maker Pirelli for $7.7 billion. Shareholders have accepted the offer, but it remains to be seen if the tender offer price of 15 euros per share will be enough.

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Pirelli testing low-profile tires for 18-inch Formula One wheels

Detractors look at a modern Formula One car and wonder what relevance they could possibly have to the cars we drive. And they may have a point. Just look at the tires, for crying out loud: with sidewalls as tall as the wheels on which they're mounted, they look like they belong more on a cartoon car than a race car. But Pirelli is out to fix that.

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Pirelli's famous calendar turns 50, celebrates by releasing one from 28 years ago [w/videos]

In the words of Pirelli, "The Calendar is the icon of Pirelli's communication." "The Cal," as it's also referred, first came out in 1964 and featured artistic portraits of women, often wearing very little or no clothing. Over the years, the risque images have struck a chord in people around the globe, and many consider it the world's most famous calendar. (According to Aut

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Pirelli signs on to supply F1 tires through 2018

Formula One is never without its controversies, and one of the major issues this year revolved around tires. Earlier in the season, Pirelli's rubber was prone to failure, but the Italian tire supplier worked with the individual teams to design new compounds and issue guidelines on how best to use them to avoid trouble.

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Race Recap: British Grand Prix is one part close racing, four parts blowout

The British Formula One Grand Prix wasn't things that go "bump" in the night, it was things that go "Pop!" on the track. Pirelli came into the sport with a mandate to spice things up, but now – unintentionally – the spice could be overpowering the flavor of the food. The general tire chatter, the tire test, the tire tribunal, tire compounds and constructions and a new tire contract for 2014 were joined by tire blowouts, five of them over

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Watch this F1 driver put down a hot lap in the wet around Spa Francorchamps... with one eye

We've seen lots of camera angles from close to an Formula One driver's point of view, but we don't think we've ever seen the actual thing – a genuine driver's-eye view. Pirelli F1-tire test driver Lucas di Grassi has changed that, placing a camera on his helmet over one of his eyes while doing a hot lap in the wet around Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit. So, yes, that means he drove with just one eye 'open.'

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Pirelli predicts Schumacher to win this weekend's European Grand Prix

That Michael Schumacher has been less than successful in his return from retirement is no great secret. The seven-time world champion – empirically demonstrable as the best driver in the history of motorsport – has yet to score a single podium finish in the past three seasons since returning to the grid. To his credit, the German driver has stuck it out in an effort to rediscover the pace that put him and Ferrari on top for so man

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