By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli tyres celebrated their Formula One debut today following an exciting Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
And the total race time was three minutes quicker than last year underlining the performance of the PZero tyres.
Red Bull race winner and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, started from pole position after driving the fastest-ever lap of Melbourne in qualifying and concluded: “We have to make some compliments to Pirelli.”
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, said: “What a fantastic race! Australia had everything: the quickest lap of Melbourne ever seen in qualifying, plenty of on-track battles, close competition, and some thrilling overtaking manoeuvres.
“At the end of it we have three drivers from different teams standing on the podium, all of whom performed outstandingly. I think that the same can be said of our tyres too: we had no issues whatsoever and the degradation was less than expected meaning that most drivers – including the top three – chose a two-stop strategy, as we had predicted.
“We also saw a wide spread of strategies ranging from one stops to three, giving the teams the opportunity to think creatively about their race management.
“I’d like to thank all the teams and drivers for their support as we built up to our race debut and we hope that the action today has rewarded their faith in us.
“I’d also like to thank all our people at Pirelli: this exciting start has only been made possible by their unstinting hard work since our agreement was confirmed just nine months ago in June.
“We’re not about to rest on our laurels though: we’re already thinking ahead now to the next race in Malaysia, which will provide us with a new and different challenge.”