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Pirelli shrug off criticism of hard tyre

2011 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Pirelli has responded to criticism of the new hard tyre it has supplied for the Spanish Grand Prix, saying it is performing “as we expected”.

Motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “One of the main objectives that we have outlined for the new PZero silver tyre is to provide a bigger contrast to our existing PZero yellow soft tyre and the initial information that we have from the free practice sessions seems to confirm that this is the case, as we expected.”

He said the tyre would last longer during the race, increasing the range of strategic options open to teams:

“We?re getting about 10 laps more out of the new harder tyre compared to the previous version and while this obviously comes at the expense of some performance, which will not be to the liking of all the teams, it emphasizes the crossover point between the hard and the soft tyres.

“The bigger step provides the teams with more opportunities to maximise their strategies, but we have seen so far this year that strategy does not just come into place on race day but also from Saturday, so it?s going to be very interesting to see which tactics the teams adopt tomorrow based on what they have learned today.

“We?re expecting warm and dry weather conditions once more, so this should provide a level playing field that is free of any complications.”

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