Top F1 drivers have shown a thumbs up to Pirelli’s softer new tyres for 2018.

As he tested the brand new ‘hyper soft’ in the post-Abu Dhabi GP tyre test, world champion Lewis Hamilton said it was Pirelli’s best ever.

Pirelli reports that the pink-marked tyre is “about a second per lap faster” than the ultra-soft.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fastest on Wednesday with the pink hyper-soft.

“The new tyre is really a surprise,” said the German.

“It’s a real step forward, but of course it’s up to Pirelli to decide on what tracks we get to use it.

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