By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has defended its new Formula One tyres against criticism following its announcement of the compound combinations for the first four races of the 2011 season.
The Italian manufacturer – which has taken over from Bridgestone as the sole supplier of tyres to the sport – revealed it will be taking the hard/soft rubber combination to the initial Grand Prix’s.
However, Paul Hembery, the Pirelli motorsport chief, has been forced to answer criticisms that it only made this selection because of serious problems with its medium and super-soft tyres.
The super-softs are believed to have powered fast lap times at the initial tests of the 2011 pre-season but degraded almost completely after a single tour.
Hembery dismissed the criticisms, saying: “Well, someone will be winning, and will not be heard complaining even once.
“The others will complain because that’s where they would like to be.
“We have already seen in the testing that some are able to get more out of the tyres than others. But that is part of the game.”
Asked specifically about the severe degradation, he told German language spox.com: “They all wanted it that way because they were bored with one-stop races all the time.
“The teams and Bernie Ecclestone wanted there to be two stop races again, with us producing the tyres for that,” he added.
“That’s what we’ve done, and now the teams are faced with the challenge of making the most of it, especially in terms of strategy,” said Hembery.