Pirelli: Turkey will be tough on tyres

Date published: April 25 2011

Pirelli’s director of motorsport Paul Hembrey is expecting high tyre wear at the Turkish GP, saying it’s probably “the worst” for tyre manufacturers…

Pirelli’s director of motorsport Paul Hembrey is expecting high tyre wear at the Turkish GP, saying it’s probably “the worst” for tyre manufacturers.

In their first season back in Formula One, Pirelli have gone a long way towards adding to the excitement due to the high wear of their tyres.

While in past years Bridgestone rubber often allowed for one tyre change per race, drivers are having to swap tyres three or even four times per grand prix.

“It is going to vary race to race, and circuit to circuit, depending on what tyre of surface it is,” Hembery told Autosport.

“The next race in Istanbul is very tough on tyres – and is probably the worst for us as a tyre maker. So that will change again the type of strategy needed in a race.

“But we have had a lot of credit from a lot of people about the nature of the races so far – and if we continue like that we will have a great season.”

He added: “I think Turkey will be similar to Sepang in terms of tyre wear – and if not even worse because of the very, very abrasive surface.

“After Spain, we have Canada and Monte Carlo, which will be with our super soft and soft tyres.”

Pirelli are also continuing to develop their tyres, with Hembrey revealing that they are hoping to make their harder tyres more durable.

“We are looking at maybe doing work with harder compound so it can do a few more laps.

“What we realised in these last few races is we are missing three or four laps of durability, particularly with the harder compound on abrasive surfaces. What we don’t want is the teams to adopt the same strategy.”