Raikkonen is victorious on Pirelli tyres

7th November 2012

Tyre manufacturer Pirelli is no doubt toasting its success along with Formula One Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, after the 33-year-old sealed the 19th victory of his career using the company's tyres.

The Finnish driver stopped just once during the race to change from P Zero Yellow soft to the P Zero White medium tyres.

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery suggested that the Abu Dhabi grand prix's two safety car periods meant that drivers had to change tactics as their tyre wear was reduced and so too the need to stop.

"The timing of the first safety car altered the race strategies for everyone, enabling the soft tyre runners to go even longer … It also meant that one stop was quite clearly the way to go for most competitors, as the five laps under the safety car reduced the overall amount of tyre wear during the race, which was already low", he said.

Writing in the Guardian, Richard Williams suggested that Raikkonen was somewhat frustrated by the race engineer issuing instructions to him.

After receiving new tyres and being told to remember to warm them up, Raikkonen responded "yes, yes, yes, yes … I'm doing all the tyres. You don't have to remind me every second".

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Posted by Danielle Barge