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Pirelli's new hard tyre to make race debut in Spain 17 May 2011

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Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Preparations, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Thursday, 5 May 2011 Paul Hembery (GBR) Pirelli Motorsport Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 16 April 2011

Official tyre suppliers Pirelli have announced the latest evolution of their hard compound will be used at this weekend’s Spanish event. The revised hard tyre was sampled by the teams during free practice in Turkey earlier this month.

“We said from the start of the year that we would introduce evolutions of the tyres if we believed that they would benefit the sport and Barcelona marks the first occasion that we have done this,” explained Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “The new tyre - which we have tested extensively - reduces degradation and improves tyre wear.

“It’s not a huge step over the original hard tyre but it does mean that there is a bigger gap between the soft and the hard tyre, which will definitely make things even more interesting on race day and give teams the opportunity to use more creative strategies.

"In Barcelona, based on the data we have seen in testing, we’re probably expecting around three pit stops per car. It takes a lot longer to enter and leave the pits in Barcelona than it did in Turkey, and this is another factor that will have a definite influence on strategy.”

The 4.655-kilometre Circuit de Catalunya features 16 corners in total and puts particular stress on the front-left tyre, due to the high number of right-hand corners. The FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPANA SANTANDER 2011 gets underway on Friday.

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