By Alex Kapadia
The newly-crowned Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel stormed to his 11th victory of the season at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix today setting his fasted lap on the hard tyres.
Tyres strategy played a key role in the race at the brand new Buddh circuit on the outskirts of Delhi as the track evolved considerably during the weekend.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, commented: “Without knowing exactly how the circuit would be, we decided to bring the hard tyre to India, which was a deliberately conservative choice. This led to some very interesting strategies, with a few drivers running the hard compound at the very beginning of the race and others using it at the very end.
“The key element during the final phase of the race for the two frontrunners was understanding at which point a new set of hard tyres was quicker than a used set of softs.
“It was a tough race, but we saw very good durability from both compounds as well as excellent performance – with Vettel setting fastest lap of the race on the hard P Zero Silver tyre.
“We’ve also accumulated plenty of information which will be very useful when it comes to selecting our nominations for next year.”