By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli is taking its P Zero medium and soft tyres to the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend for the race that could see the he drivers.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for the Italian tyres manufacturer, said: “After what has been a devastating year for Japan, we are very pleased to be showing our support for the country and coming to the Japanese Grand Prix, on a circuit that all the drivers love.
“Suzuka is all about putting power down effectively in order to obtain maximum grip in terms of traction, braking and cornering. There’s a lot of energy and lateral load going through the rubber, so once more it is going to be important for all the drivers to manage their tyres effectively, because of the speeds involved and a high-downforce set-up that pushes the tyres onto the road surface.”
Coming at the end of the season, Suzuka has frequently played host to races that decide the world championship and this year is no exception, as Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel needs just one more point to clinch his second consecutive title.
Hembey said: “We are likely to see our very first P Zero-equipped world champion crowned at Suzuka this weekend, so it’s a race that is set to go down in our history.
“The combination of soft and medium tyres has produced several close finishes in the past, as there is not a hugely different level of degradation between these two compounds. All the ingredients are in place for a memorable race.”