Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Australian Grand Prix, marking a perfect start to his title defence.
Starting from pole position, Hamilton adopted a one-stop tyre strategy, beginning the race on the Pirelli soft tyre and then switching to the medium tyres on lap 25.
Pirelli was pleased with the performance of its tyres. Lap times that were in the region of two seconds faster than last year and degradation were ‘extremely contained’ throughout the 58-lap race. The performance gains seen in Australia confirmed expectations for the 2015 season, for which Pirelli has developed a new rear tyre construction.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli tyres motorsport director, commented: “As expected Australia was a tough race for the teams, but the tyres delivered everything that was asked. The cool conditions and early safety car period meant that the faster two-stop strategy turned into a one-stop for most of the competitors.
“As well as a top performance from the established frontrunners, we saw some extremely accomplished drives from the rookies this year, who have clearly got on top of the 2015 tyres and strategy options in a very short space of time.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office