Pirelli brings approximately 1,800 tyres to every Grand Prix and 52 people work at each race to give the teams the best possible support. Each team has a dedicated Pirelli tyre engineer and tyre fitter who work closely with them all through the year. 18 tyre fitters are in charge of mounting all tyres correctly and in time. Senior engineers make sure that all questions and any issues arising are immediately dealt with on-site.
Then there is the R&D department in Milan where each new tyre, be it road or competition, is ‘born’ and where 150 engineers make sure that Pirelli’s tyre technology keeps abreast of the fast changing environment which is Formula One. In addition, all data collected at the track gets sent to Milan in real time which enables the engineers there to provide instant analysis and projections, if necessary.
Last but not least, Pirelli’s dedicated Formula One factory in Izmit, Turkey, produces 200,000 competition tyres a year of which approximately 50,000 are made for Formula One alone each year.