Alonso praises Ferrari’s strategy on the Pirelli tyres

23rd July 2012

Spanish Formula 1 driver and current world championship leader Fernando Alonso has praised  the efforts of his Ferrari team when it came to 'controlling' its use of tyres.

The 30-year-old was in a jubilant mood following his victory at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, which saw the driver open up a 34-point lead on nearest rival Mark Webber.

It followed a dramatic weekend of racing, which saw the Spaniard lead the race from the start, with Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button in close pursuit.

Ultimately though, the victory came down to clever strategy from the Ferrari team, who timed its changing of Pirelli tyres to perfection.

Speaking after the race, Alonso admitted that the team's efforts with the previously tricky compounds had paid off.

"We had some good calls from the team on strategy, especially in our second pit stop when we had to react as Jenson [Button] pitted," he said.

"We knew it was a long race after that, another 27 laps to end with Jenson putting on a lot of pressure, but the car was good on top speed and traction and I was able to control the tyres."

The Pirelli tyres used in the sport have previously faced criticism from Michael Schumacher, who likened the compounds to driving on raw eggs.

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Posted by Written by Danielle Barge