Pirelli’s tyres played a key role in deciding the outcome of the Spanish Grand Prix with two and three-stop strategies coming into play for the podium winners following a thrilling finale.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led from start to finish for the first time all year and stopped just twice, whereas team mate Lewis Hamilton was beaten into second place adopting a three-stop plan and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third with a two-stop strategy.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for Pirelli tyres, commented: “Strategy was clearly at the forefront of the Spanish Grand Prix, with a fascinating and complex battle between Mercedes and Ferrari.
“The nominations we made opened up a number of different possibilities, enabling each team to make the most of their potential.
“Despite the demanding conditions of the Montmelo track and significant track temperatures, both compounds performed perfectly, showed very little graining and no blistering, helping every driver to maximise his chosen strategy. We look forward now to the test, which will help us gather more data to shape future tyre development.”
The teams will remain in Barcelona for the first in-season test on Tuesday and Wednesday, where a number of third drivers will be taking the wheel as well as the regular pilots.
Denna Bowman, Head Office