Pirelli expecting varying strategies throughout Spanish GP

By on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Photo credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Pirelli’s new tyres for the 2012 season have undeniably made the racing more exciting, making the drivers’ ability to control them one of the most important aspects of the race. For this weekends Spanish Grand Prix, Pirelli are bringing the hard (silver) and the soft (yellow) tyres, a decision which could see varying strategies as the weekend unfolds.

For the first four races of the season, there has been no gap between the tyres Pirelli have brought with them to each race. Either they had the soft (yellow) and he medium (white) tyres, or the medium (white) and the hard (silver) tyres. However, for the first time this season there is a considerable gap between the two sets of compounds Pirelli have with them this weekend.

This decision is expected to yield varying strategies from the teams, a factor which could add to the unpredictability and excitement of the 2012 season.

“There is a whole step in between our two nominations for the first time this year and this should allow the teams to come up with a number of different tyre strategies that could make a big difference to the final outcome.” Explained Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery, “With many teams having expanded their knowledge of our tyre range and tested new components at Mugello, we’re expecting a closely-fought Spanish Grand Prix – and maybe even the fifth different winner in five races…”

With a possible threat of rain on Sunday on some early weather forecasts for the weekend, and with the unpredictable Pirelli tyres, this years Spanish Grand Prix could be one of the most exciting yet.

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