By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli reckon the Turkish Grand Prix will be its toughest challenge for its tyres.
And despite the success of the first three races as the official tyres supplier, Pirelli also insists it cannot sit back and think that it has done enough with its tyres to guarantee exciting races in 2011.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for the Italian tyres manufacturer, told AUTOSPORT: “It is going to vary race to race, and circuit to circuit, depending on what tyre of surface it is.
“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.”
Hembery believes that the next few events could well be very different from what has been experienced so far with the punishing Turkish and Spanish venues followed by the tricky Monaco and Montreal ones.
“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.”