Vettel wins German Grand Prix on redesigned F1 tyres

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The German Grand Prix ended in victory for Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel who adopted a three stop strategy with three stints on the P Zero White medium tyres.

Vettel extended his championship lead with his hard-fought win, but all eyes were on the Pirelli tyres after the fiasco last weekend during the British Grand Prix.

The Italian tyres manufacturer worked hard to hastily redesign their tyres following the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) threat that they would withdraw from this weekend’s event should there be any recurrence of the explosive failures that blighted Silverstone.

Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “This had all the ingredients for a brilliantly strategic race from the beginning, with some drivers starting on the medium tyre in order to go longer in the first stint than the cars on the soft tyre.

“For many teams, this was almost a qualifying tyre – which gave the tactics an interesting edge. There were different strategies in play, which meant that the finish was extremely close.

“Overall performance and durability of our tyres were in line with our expectations while thermal degradation was perhaps a little higher than expected today, due to the high track temperatures, but wear was as we predicted.

“It would certainly have been possible to complete the race with two pit stops, as many of the competitors showed. However, the safety car slightly altered things.

“Last but certainly not least I would like to thank our staff at the factory in Izmit in Turkey who have worked tirelessly after Silverstone to produce the required amount of new rear tyres, and our logistics team who made sure that the tyres were here on Tuesday.

“It was a big team effort, for which I would like to thank everyone.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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