Pirelli eager to avoid 2013 repeat

Monday 5th May 2014

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Pirelli eager to avoid 2013 repeat

Pirelli eager to avoid 2013 repeat

Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery hopes to avoid a repeat of last year's Spanish Grand Prix, which Fernando Alonso won with a four-stop strategy.

While the two-time World Champion's victory in front of his home crowd was a memorable one, Hembery believes strategic tyre use played far too big a role in the end result.

Pirelli are using new compounds for its tyres this year, though, and Hembery believes the Circuit de Catalunya will be a good test of the new rubber.

"It's often said that Barcelona provides the most accurate representation of the form a season will take, because a car that performs well in Barcelona should perform well everywhere," Hembery told crash.net.

"The same is true of the tyres, because the Spanish circuit is one of the most demanding circuits we race on all year.

"Long and fast corners such as Turn Three put a huge amount of energy into the tyres, as a result of which degradation is high. The track surface is also quite abrasive, and ambient temperatures can be high, which increase the workload on the tyres further.

"In the past we've seen up to four pit stops in Spain. With the changes we have made to the tyres this year, we would now hope to see no more than three for the majority of drivers.

"We made a solid start to our preparations for next year with the first dedicated in-season tyre tests in Bahrain. We're looking forward to building on that work with four teams in Spain after the Grand Prix."

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