By Alex Kapadia
Formula One teams will be using the latest Pirelli tyres for the Spanish Grand Prix which will give them greater scope to make use of more creative race strategies.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for the Italian tyres manufacturer, said: “Our new PZero Silver tyre is an evolution of the existing tyre that should provide an extra five laps or so of running compared to the previous version, widening the gap between the new hard tyre and the soft.
“This will become the definitive hard tyre for the year, providing we see the results that we are expecting from the race.
“These are tyres that have been extensively tested, so I feel confident that they will add another exciting dimension to the race this weekend – particularly in terms of potential strategies.”
The latest evolution of the Pirelli PZero Silver tyre, the hardest compound in Pirelli’s range, has the same basic structure and construction as its predecessor but uses a new compound that reduces degradation and increases the range by 10 to 25%, depending on a variety of factors such as track surface, weather conditions, set-up and driving style.
The PZero Silver is designed to represent a bigger step over the PZero Yellow (soft) tyre, which will also be used in Barcelona this weekend. This combination gives teams greater scope to make use of more creative race strategies.