As predicted, the new Pirelli tyres have already played a key role in the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
Team tactics helped decide the grid in Barcelona with the PZero Yellow soft tyre claiming its fifth pole position in succession.
Red Bull have claimed the top spot, but this time it’s Mark Webber in the driving seat taking his first pole position of the season after he was two tenths of a second faster than his team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Both drivers completed only one run in the final Q3 session in order to save an extra set of PZero Yellow soft tyres for the race – as did both the McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for Pirelli, said: “We’d like to congratulate Mark Webber for his first pole position with us.
“Like a number of other drivers he was able to use the new PZero Silver hard tyres to get through the first qualifying session and also save a set of PZero Yellow soft tyres for the race, making use of what appears to be the perfect strategy so far.
“But Mercedes have also put a very interesting plan in place by running Michael Schumacher on the PZero Silver tyres in Q3: it will be fascinating to see how he gets on in the race.
“As we’ve hoped, the teams are using our tyres to put in place increasingly creative race tactics, which should provide us with another great race tomorrow. I’d also like to give a special mention to Williams: a fantastic effort from Pastor Maldonado has put the team in the top 10.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team