Pirelli opts for conservative tyre choice at Indian Grand Prix

25th October 2011

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has opted for a conservative tyre choice at the upcoming Indian Grand Prix, according to a company executive.

Earlier this month, Pirelli adopted an aggressive tyre strategy, choosing to bring its soft and supersoft compounds to the Korean Grand Prix.

However, Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director, has revealed this will not be the case on Sunday (October 30th), where both the hard and soft tyres will be in use at the new Buddh International Circuit.

"We've opted for a deliberately conservative nomination in selecting the hard tyre alongside the soft, simply because on a brand new circuit you are never quite sure of the exact race conditions you will encounter," he said.

"But we've structured the allocation in such a way that we think the teams will run more on the softer tyres."

Pirelli hopes that the tyre choice will allow it to determine the optimal two compounds for next year's race. Drivers will be able to test out the new track for the first time during this Friday's practice session.

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