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Formula 1: Pirelli Announces Tyre Plans for 2012

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has promised closer, more unpredictable racing for 2012. The Italian company will continue to supply six different tyres, including the four dry-weather compounds—supersoft, soft, medium and hard—along with intermediate (for "damp" tracks) and wet. Three of the slick tyre compounds have been altered to make them softer—the soft, medium and hard.  Pirelli promises greater levels of grip and a longer performance peak, but with the same overall tyre lifespan and the same deliberate degradation characteristics which the 2011 tyres had. The tyres will have a squarer profile (less rounded "shoulders"), and the coloured markings on the sidewalls which allow fans to tell the difference between ...

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