Both tyre compounds used by teams at the Indian Grand Prix stood up well to the challenges of the new circuit, according to a Pirelli executive.
Paul Hembery, the firm's motorsport director, expressed his belief that many drivers used interesting tyre strategies as teams were divided on whether to end or start the race on the more durable hard tyres rather than the soft compound.
He said: "It was a tough race, but we saw very good durability from both compounds as well as excellent performance – with Vettel setting fastest lap of the race on the hard P Zero Silver tyre.
"We've also accumulated plenty of information which will be very useful when it comes to selecting our nominations for next year."
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed yet another win as the newly crowned world champion led from pole to fend off the challenge of McLaren's Jenson Button. Fernando Alonso finished third, ahead of Mark Webber.
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Posted by Danielle Barge