By Alex Kapadia
Newly-crowned World Champion Sebastian Vettel has claimed another pole position with P Zero Yellow soft tyres – his 13th pole position of the year – ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
It is the ninth time the Red Bull driver has stormed to the front of the grid with soft compound tyres and the information gathered is already helping Pirelli prepare for next season.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “The fact that dominated qualifying was the difference in speed of about two seconds per lap between our hard and our soft compounds, although we saw Vettel going quicker on the hard tyres during the first qualifying session than anyone else on the soft tyre.
“This performance gap between the compounds meant that the teams concentrated on the soft tyres during final qualifying.
“We’ve seen very good durability and performance from the soft tyre, which we’re expecting to last between 20 to 25 laps tomorrow, with the hard tyre being able to complete many more.
“The information that we’ve gathered so far is already going to be very useful when it comes to selecting our compounds for next year – which is one of our priorities as this season draws to a close.”