Slicks were introduced in the 60’s but banned in 1997, to reduce cornering speeds, and reintroduced in 2009. Slick tyres with no grooves increase the contact patch between the car and the track assisting acceleration (less wheelspin) and allowing them to push harder in the corners.

Each race has 3 slick tyres available to the teams – hard, medium and soft which are selected from five compound options. Read more on our wheels page.

Formula 1 tyres are supplied and recycled by Pirelli.

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan