Pirelli: Hardest tyres for Belgian Grand Prix will let drivers “push hard”

28th August 2012

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has commented on the company's choice of hard and medium tyres for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, stating they will "allow drivers to push hard from start to finish".

This season's rubber has been condemned for its fast degradation time, which some have argued forces racers to place strategy before speed to the detriment of spectators.

However, Mr Hembery stressed Pirelli's harder tyres should be well-suited to Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

"From a tyre perspective, it's certainly one of the most demanding circuits that we face all year, because of the high speeds and extreme forces involved, which are often acting on the tyres in more than one dimension," he said.

"The nomination of the hard and the medium tyres will allow drivers to push hard from start to finish, which is what Spa was designed for."

The Pirelli guru added that the tyres had also been instrumental in allowing 2012's F1 season to be particularly competitive.

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