Slick tyres set to see F1 drivers race ‘harder and closer,” says Hembery

10th April 2012

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery believes the firm's slick new tyres will play a key role in the outcome of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

All eyes will be on Shanghai this weekend for the race, with the previous two outings in this season's Championships suggesting an unpredictable season could be in store.

The Chinese circuit is likely to prove tough too, with Mr Hembery predicting tyre strategy will play a key role in deciding the final podium places.

“China proved to be one of the most fascinating races in our first year, with tyre strategy at the heart of it, so we have a tough act to follow," he said.

“Tyre degradation is traditionally high due to the unique track layout. So although we have the same nomination as we saw in Australia … our P Zeros will face a quite different challenge next week in Shanghai."

The Italian manufacturer is set to provide its P Zero White medium Pirelli tyres alongside the P Zero Yellow soft compounds, with the track presenting a variety of challenges to the competing drivers.

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