Sebastian Vettel swept to his fourth victory in five races at the Spanish Grand Prix, but there were celebrations for McLaren as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button came in second and third respectively.
The new Pirelli tyres were the dominant factor in Barcelona, combined with pit-stop strategy, which varied considerably amongst all the leaders.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for Pirelli, said: “It was certainly a dramatic finish to the race, with the battle betwe
“Both of them drove magnificently, treating us all to a fantastic spectacle, and it was thrilling to see such an amazing start to the race from Fernando Alonso and Ferrari as well.
“Further down the field we also saw several other interesting variants on strategy, notably from Lotus Renault and Sauber.
“While it was a great race, we’re still not happy with the idea of having four pit stops as three is our target. This was caused by the performance differential between the hard and the soft tyres, which prompted the teams to opt for a sprint strategy, as can be seen from the sheer pace of this grand prix – although it’s interesting to note that the fastest lap was actually set on the new hard tyre.
“We’ll be looking at that again in future but for now we’re excited to be moving onto a completely different challenge: the street circuits of Monaco and Canada with the introduction of our new PZero Red supersoft tyre.”