Agnes Carlier had a sit-down interview with Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola ahead of his company’s 13th season as a sole tyre supplier to the pinnacle of the sport.
Pirelli supplies some 1800 tyres per Grand Prix weekend amounting to close on 40,000 tyres as each F1 team has twenty sets of tyres for three one-hour practice sessions, qualifying and race.
Add testing tyres to that figure and one gets an idea of the massive task it is to supply the circus with an element without which the sport would not exist.
Ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Isola talked Pirelli history, legacy, memories, blowouts, tyre-blankets, Ecclestone, predictions and much more with our correspondent, the conversation was prompted by Agnes’ opening:
Q: Pirelli begins its 13th consecutive season, doesn’t make us younger…
Mario Isola: That’s a long period. It seems like yesterday we started …
Source: Grand Prix 247