By Alex Kapadia
Tyres strategy played a key role in the Spanish Grand Prix yesterday – which saw the fifth different winner in as many races, in five cars.
Wiliams driver Pastor Maldonado started e race on the soft tyres and then used three sets of hard tyres, the same strategy adpted by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished second.
They key was in the timing of the changes for Maldonado.
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton also put in an exceptional performance, finishing eighth after starting last on the grid, after his original pole position time was cancelled for a rules infringement. during the first stint he had managed to move up to fourth.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Motorsport director, said: “with Pastor Maldonado starting from the front and Lewis Hamilton starting from the back, this was always going to be a fascinating race, and thanks to the tyre strategy as well, it certainly delivered.
“Maldonado and Williams were quick right from free practice on Friday having consistently got the most out of both tyre compounds all weekend.
“The final 10 laps were a fantastic duel between him and Alonso, wi less than a second separating them, on similar strategies.
“Boe drivers showed their thyroid management skills perfectly, managing to avoid falling off “the cliff” despite pushing hard for the race win.
“The tyres contributed to an extremely entertaining and tense race, but as official supplier we will always follow the wishes of the teams and the promoter and our future development direction will be dictated by what they want.
“For the sport, we believe that it’s fantastic to have five races, five winners and five cars – especially when it is as well deserved as the victory that we saw from Pastor and Williams today.”