Formula 1 And Pirelli: All The Numbers From 2017 Season

Posted on December 5, 2017

Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing

“From a record-breaking season, we have collected some record-breaking numbers. Formula 1 introduced some radical new technical regulations this year, which resulted in the fastest cars ever seen in the history of the sport. So, our mission was to build the fastest-ever tyres, 25% wider than their predecessors to cope with the massively increased cornering speeds and energy loads, which nonetheless allowed the drivers to push hard from the start to the finish of every stint. We developed these tyres throughout 2016, despite not even seeing a 2017 car until the first pre-season test at Barcelona. Over the course of this year, pole position was on average 2.450 seconds faster than in 2016, and the fastest race lap was on average 2.968 seconds quicker than last year. In spite of forces that were sometimes up to 35-40% higher than 2016 through the quickest corners, our 2017 tyres achieved all the targets established at the beginning of the season, with an optimal level of reliability and consistency. Now we look forward to next season, with an even faster tyre introduced to the 2018 range and with every compound going a step softer, which should help contribute to even more speed and spectacle in the future”.


  • Total number of tyres supplied in 2017: 38,788
  • Of these, 33,520 were supplied for race weekends and 5,268 for testing
  • Of the 38,788 tyres, 25,572 were slicks and 13,016 were rain or intermediate
  • Total number of tyres used during race weekends: 12,920, of which 11,532 were
    slick tyres and 1,388 were rain or intermediates
  • Total number of tyres that were recovered: all
  • Maximum number of kilometers driven on each compound (excluding tests):

Hard: Medium: Soft: Supersoft: Ultrasoft: Intermediate: Wet:

74 km (Esteban Ocon, Force India) 587 km (Lance Stroll, Williams)

4,696 km (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes) 6,261 km (Sergio Perez, Force India) 4,674 km (Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren)

433 km (Lance Stroll, Williams) 242 km (Felipe Massa, Williams)


  • Total number of pit stops: 533 (of which 6 drive-throughs and one was a stop and
  • This makes an average of 26.7 per race, and 1.5 per driver in each race
  • Most pit stops in a race: 41 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
  • Fewest pit stops in a race: 18 in Austria.


  • Total number of overtaking maneuvers during the season: 435 (*), with an
    average of 21.8 per race
  • Highest number of overtaking maneuvers at a dry race: 42 in Azerbaijan
  • Highest number of overtaking maneuvers at a wet race: 31 in China
  • Fewest number of overtaking maneuvers at a dry race: 1 in Russia
  • Driver with the most overtaking maneuvers during the year: Daniel Ricciardo,
  • Driver with the most overtaking maneuvers at a single race: Daniel Ricciardo,
    13 (British Grand Prix)
  • Driver who has been overtaken least: Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, 2
    times (**).
  • Driver who made up most places on the opening lap: Lance Stroll, who gained
    36 positions on the opening lap
  • Team that carried out most overtaking: Red Bull, 65 moves – 43 by Daniel
    Ricciardo, 22 by Max Verstappen.
  • Team that has been overtaken least: 11, Red Bull (9 Daniel Ricciardo, 2 Max
    Verstappen) and Ferrari (8 Kimi Raikkonen, 3 Sebastian Vettel).
    (*) How overtaking moves are calculated: an overtaking maneuver is counted as one that takes place during complete flying laps (so not on the opening lap)
  • and is then maintained all the way to the lap’s finish line. Position changes due to major mechanical problems or lapping/unlapping are not counted.
    (**) Only drivers who have taken part in the whole season are counted.


  • Longest race of the year: Azerbaijan, 2 hours, 3 minutes and 55.753 seconds
  • Shortest race of the year: Monza, 1 hour, 15 minutes and 32.312 seconds
  • Fastest race of the year: Monza, winner’s average speed (Lewis Hamilton)
    243.626 kph
  • Highest speed reached by a Pirelli P Zero Formula 1 tyre during a grand prix: 362.4 kph by Sebastian Vettel in Mexico.
  • Highest number of fastest laps: Lewis Hamilton, 18 (7 in races and 11 in qualifying)
  • Highest number of laps led: 527, by Lewis Hamilton.


  • Races: 340
  • Wins: 181
  • Pole positions: 184
  • Podiums: 550
  • Fastest laps: 188
  • Driver titles: 12
  • Team titles: 7


  • Number of drivers (including third drivers and young drivers) who have driven a Pirelli-equipped Formula 1 car since 2010: 112
  • Kilometers driven by all the compounds throughout 2017 (including tests, practice, qualifying and races): 329,170 km (excluding prototype tyres)

By compound, it works out as:

118,729 Ultrasoft 83,465 Intermediate 7,089 Wet 3,186

  • Distance covered in races in 2017: 102,856 km
  • Distance covered during development test: 14,285 km
  • Number of fastest laps (in qualifying and races) set by the world champion in
    2017: 18 (7 in races and 11 in qualifying)
  • Lowest average speed at which a dry race has been won in 2017: 148.176 kph
    (Daniel Ricciardo, Azerbaijan Grand Prix)
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 14° in China
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 14° in China
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 55° in
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 56° in Bahrain
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 13° in China
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 13° in China
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 33° in
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 43° in Bahrain.

Related Topics: 2017 Formula One, Pirelli

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