Pirelli: Tyres withstood Korean challenge

18th October 2011

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has claimed that its tyres stood up to the challenging circuit at the Korean Grand Prix.

Prior to Sunday's (16th October) race, Pirelli forecast that teams using its soft and supersoft tyres would require between four and five pit stops due to severe tyre degradation.

However, Paul Hembery, the firm's motorsport director, revealed that both sets of Pirelli tyres were able to last longer than previously expected.

He said: "We immediately saw the supersoft tyre lasting for more than ten laps at the beginning of the race on full fuel and the soft tyre for more than 20 laps.

"There were a number of different tyre strategies at work, but in the end the drivers kept up a very good pace on both compounds despite some people predicting four stops or more and significant degradation before the grand prix started."

World champion Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap on soft tyres.

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Posted by Danielle Barge