By Alex Kapadia
Tyre strategy played a key role in the European Grand Prix with the top three drivers exploiting the initial pace of the PZero Yellow soft tyres before switching to the PZero White medium tyres and benefitting from the new compound’s durability.
World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel claimed his sixth win of the year in eight races, for Red Bull, followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, and Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber in third.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for Pirelli, said: “This certainly wasn’t a vintage race of the sort that we saw in Canada, Monaco and China this year for example.
“Again we saw an interesting mix of strategies although it was clear that a three-stopper was the way to go, with the faster cars able to exploit the performance advantage of the PZero Yellow tyres to the maximum in these conditions.
“Next up is Silverstone, when we get back to a permanent high-speed circuit, which should provide us with plenty of action once more at the front of the field.”
The top three were separated by just three seconds heading into the last 20 laps of the race, using pit stop strategy to make the difference.