By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli’s new Formula One tyres added drama to the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend by giving teams the opportunity to put completely different tyre strategies into action.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for the Italian tyres manufacturer, said: “We were privileged to see one of the closest ever battles for victory in Monaco: the most prestigious race of the year.
“The top three used completely different tyre strategies but came out more or less together, which is exactly what we were aiming for at the start of the year.
“It’s great to see the tyre strategy forming such a prominent part of the action; giving us a fascinating battle for the lead where any of the top three drivers would have been very deserving winners.
“Had it not been for the red flag in the closing stages, I’m sure that their fight would have continued all the way to the very end.
“It was also great to see some of the other drivers scoring points such as Kobayashi, Sutil, Buemi and Barrichello.
“With the fastest-ever qualifying lap of Monaco yesterday and some drivers going for more than 50 laps on the PZero Yellow today, Pirelli has supplied both performance and adaptability with this year’s Formula One tyres.”