By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli have signaled that they will be adopting a ‘conservative’ approach to the new tyres for the 2011 Formula One season.
The news will surely disappoint fans who were hoping that the Italian tyres manufacturer would continue to build on Bridgestone’s more risky strategy which called for teams to be more creative with their strategies, which in turn led to some thrilling races.
The cautious approach could stem from Pirelli’s previous experience with the world of F1 back in 1991 when they supplied Benetton and Brabham. They managed to create a great qualifying tyre, however it suffered badly from degradation when it came to the race.
Pirelli are anxious to avoid a similar set back at the start of their season as the sole supplier to F1.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, told Auto Bild: “Some people like to live in the past. Of course we had this problem, but what we had developed was a very aggressive qualifying tyre.
“In the last 20 years, the rules and technologies have changed significantly.”
Pirelli currently supplies GP3 with tyres which, Hembery says will give the company confidence when choosing compounds for the European rounds of the championship, however, the overseas races are an unknown for the company.
He said: “We know the characteristics of many of the European tracks from GP3.
“The overseas tracks are largely unknown to us. We will therefore take an accordingly conservative approach to the selection of rubber compounds.”