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Pirelli Formula1 2012 Season Stats

Everything you want to know and some things you didn’t about the F1 season.

Ezekiel Wheeler
Dec 4, 2012 SHARE
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Every year we are consumed by the Formula1 races, some more than others, in anticipation of who will bare the title of world champion. This year Sebastian Vettle took home his third world championship in his short 25-year-old life. But what about those statistics that leave our minds as quickly as they entered? Questions like, how many tires do they go through a year? How many miles are accumulated over the season on a single car? Which track had the most rain this season?

Luckily our friends at Pirelli, specifically the "Win at Trivia Pursuit - Facts Of The Year" (WATP-FOTY)* division, were able to answer all our questions (and some we never asked). Grab a cup of coffee, a sharpie and plenty of flash cards for this years Christmas trivia game.

Tires

  • Total number of tires provided for the season: Race tires: 31,800 of which 22,500 dry tires and 9,300 wet tires plus an additional 6,600 for the tests (not including development tires)
  • Of which (for race tires only): supersoft: 6 % / soft: 25 % / medium: 21 % / hard: 17 % / intermediate: 18 % / wet: 11 % / 2 % development tires
  • Total numbers of tires used: Dry tires: 21,400; wet tires: 2,100
  • Number of tires recycled during 2012: All, i.e. 31,800 race tires plus 6,600 test tires
  • Average life span of a dry compound this season: 111.85 miles
  • Average life span of a wet compound this season: 86.99 miles

Tracks, Races and Tests

  • Longest continuous energy input into a tire: India (turn 10-11)
  • Longest race of the year: Malaysia in 2hrs 44min 51.812s
  • Shortest race of the year: Great Britain in 1 hr 25min 11.288s
  • Most laps run on Pirelli tires: Hard - Kobayashi (798); Medium - Senna (869); Soft - Ricciardo (1,012); Supersoft - Raikkonen (237); Intermediate - Alonso (145); Wet - Kobayashi (104)
  • Highest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tire: 214.99mph (Raikkonen / Italy Race)
  • Highest average speed of a fastest lap: 154.25mph (Hamilton / Italy Qualifying)
  • Slowest average speed of a fastest lap: 100.56mph (Schumacher / Monaco Qualifying)
  • Most fastest laps in 2012: Sebastian Vettel (5 in race / 6 in qualifying)
  • Distance covered by Pirelli's Renault R30 test car in 2012: 4357 miles
  • Number of different test tracks visited by Pirelli staff this year (incl. private tests): 9

Pit stops

  • Total number of pit stops for the year: 957 (of which 14 were a Drive Through and 2 a Stop & Go penalty)
  • Total average number of stops per race: 47.9, i.e. 1.9 per driver
  • Most pit stops in a race: 76 (Malaysia)
  • Least pit stops in a race: 24 (United States)
  • Fastest pit stop time: 2.31s (McLaren / Jenson Button at the German Grand Prix)

Overtaking

  • Number of overtaking maneuvers in 2012: 1139
  • Most overtaking maneuvers in a dry race: 90 at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
  • Most overtaking maneuvers in a wet race (= most ever): 147 at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Least overtaking maneuvers in a dry race: 12 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Other interesting numbers

  • Total miles driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2012 (races and tests): Hard - 63,188.48; Medium - 75,707.87; Soft - 76,596.43; Supersoft - 13,665.82; Intermediate - 8,556.28; Wet - 4,927.47
  • Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tires have run: United States Grand Prix at 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit (11/17.); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (02/10.)
  • Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tires have run: Brazilian Grand Prix at 131 degrees Fahrenheit (11/23.)
  • Coldest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tires have run: United States Grand Prix at 32.9 degrees Fahrenheit (11/17); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit (02/10.)
  • Hottest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tires have run: Grand Prix of Europe at 37 degrees Fahrenheit (06/21.)
  • Amount of time spent downloading all tire data on the RTS system this year (incl. tests): 92 hrs
  • Number of track/air temperature taken by tire fitter per race weekend: 124
  • Total distance travelled by all F1 tires in 2012 (off-track): 216,967 kms
  • Total number of tweets from Pirelli Media: 5,400
  • Words written on Pirelli press releases in 2012: 79,744
  • Total number of Pirelli recipe books produced (incl. translations): 10,000

Pirelli F1 and its people

  • Total number of Pirelli people travelling to each race: 52
  • Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
  • Average amount of hours spent by each Pirelli staff member on a plane this year: 192 hrs (or 8 days!)
  • Number of Pirelli wristbands given out during the season in the paddock: 4,450
  • Total number of hotel nights booked for the Pirelli team: 1,498

Pirelli's F1 Trucks & Hospitality

  • Total amount of trucks at European races: 13
  • Total average miles travelled by each Pirelli truck in 2012: 19,340.18m
  • Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl. tests): 24,132
  • Number of coffees served by Pirelli hospitality during the season: 28,350
  • Number of different pasta recipes cooked by Pirelli's chef this year: 314
  • Amount of mascarpone used for tiramisu and other sweets: 451.95 lb

Pirelli in Formula One overall (since 1950)

  • Races started: 242
  • Wins: 83
  • Pole positions: 86
  • Podium places: 256
  • Fastest laps: 90

*not a real division within Pirelli, we made it up as witty banter

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