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The new Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft compound seen in competition for the first time today will be combined with a new profile for 2012 to form the basis of next year’s medium tyres, now that the current season is over. All of the slick tyres apart from the supersoft compound will be brand new next year, making their debut at the first official test of 2012 next February in Spain.

With the anticipated threat of rain eventually holding off, Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber claimed his first win of a remarkable debut season for Pirelli at the final grand prix, using the new P Zero Yellow soft tyres and the P Zero White medium tyres.

Webber took the lead on lap 29, after his team mate Sebastian Vettel lost time with a gearbox problem, having led from pole. Webber adopted a three-stop strategy, using three sets of soft tyres and one set of medium tyres to win the race by 16.9 seconds from his team mate. It was Webber’s seventh career victory, securing him third place in the final championship standings.

A few isolated raindrops fell on the Interlagos paddock about an hour before the race started, but the grand prix got underway in dry conditions and temperatures of around 24 degrees. All 24 cars started on the P Zero Yellow soft tyres, giving them greater flexibility in their strategies in case of rain – which never materialised.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was the first driver to switch to the medium tyre on lap 31, using a different strategy to his team mate Lewis Hamilton. The top four runners all adopted a three-stop strategy, with Ferrari driver Felipe Massa the highest-placed two-stopper in fifth, having run two stints on the soft tyre and one final stint on the medium.

Button was the only driver to use the P Zero White medium for two stints, making his last stop on lap 52. The Englishman was able to push hard during his final stint, as he chased a top-three finish, which he claimed with nine laps to go: his eighth podium in nine races that cemented his runner-up place in the drivers’ championship.

The fastest lap of the race was also set on the P Zero White medium tyre, by Mark Webber on the very final lap. It was Webber’s eighth fastest lap this year on Pirelli tyres.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented: “This didn’t turn out to be the race that most people expected, with the predicted rain holding off. At the last race of the season there were a few mechanical issues for some cars, but our tyres were completely reliable – as they have been all year, with no structural failures – and we achieved our objective of having a performance gap of less than a second between the compounds, which should be the case next year as well. It’s been a season that has, if anything, exceeded our expectations – where we’ve seen the most overtaking in the history of the Formula One World Championship – and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our team in Milan, Didcot and Izmit for their extraordinary work this season. They should all be proud of their achievements. I’d also like to thank all the teams and drivers for their unstinting support, advice and partnership.”

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PEERS&MARKETS11.1-15.1.10jpgProfit-taking on international markets in the week 11-15 January 2010 was substantial after a bullish start to the year.
Sales concerned all sectors and the banking sector in particular (with the European reference index down -3.7%) after the quarterly results of JPMorgan.
The auto sector contained its losses thanks to the upward trend of vehicle registration in the USA, Europe and Brazil (+50.7% yoy increase in vehicle registration in Brazil in the month of December; +11.4% yoy  increase in 2009). Shares in the tyre sector rose with Pirelli closing the week at 0.45€ +1.4% (+2.1 percentage points up on DJ Stoxx Auto & Parts).
During the week Kepler confirmed the positive outlook for Pirelli shares (Hold, Target Price €0.45) identifying as share catalyst the Pirelli’s commitment in Russia for the realisation of a new industrial district, the restocking  by dealers and a more efficient cost structure.  
The Italian real estate sector, and specifically Pirelli RE, showed a weak trend, down by 4.3% (-2.2% Aedes, -2.3% Brioschi, -1.6% Gabetti).

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Quatro-Rodas_bigFrom Brazil new recognition for Pirelli. The ninth Os Eleitos survey, the annual research project conducted in collaboration with the consultancy company Gfk Indicator, which asks the owners of the 40 best-selling cars in the country for their preferred brands, has just been published in Quatro Rodas magazine. The result is an index of satisfaction that classifies brands and models on the basis of their ability to meet motorists’ expectations.
Pirelli came top in the tyre category this year with a five percentage point lead over its nearest rival and is confirmed as the country’s preferred brand.

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