By Alex Kapadia
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso claimed his first win with Pirelli tyres and his first win of the season at the British Grand Prix this afternoon.
The victory also marked the Italian tyres manufacturers first win with Ferrari at Silverstone for 60 years.
Alonso overcame mixed conditions and huge pressure from his rivals to claim the 27th victory of his career and his first since the Korean Grand Prix last year.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “Congratulations to Ferrari and Fernando Alonso on a fantastic race, 60 years after our first win with Ferrari at Silverstone.
“We’ve seen some incredible driving and some great manoeuvres. At the start of the race the P Zero Blue Intermediate tyre proved to be competitive on a very varied wet and dry track for about 12 laps, which was a very impressive performance.
“We saw a combination of two and three pit stops per car, which is exactly in line with our expectations and the podium places weren’t decided until the very final lap once more.”
The race started in damp conditions and ambient temperatures of 20 degrees centigrade, with all the field using P Zero Blue intermediate tyres. This meant, according to the regulations, that the drivers were no longer obliged to use both the P Zero Silver hard tyre and P Zero Yellow soft tyre during the course of the race.