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VICTORIOUS WEEKEND FOR VETTEL WITH PIRELLI IN TURKEY

After crashing on Friday and missing the entirety of the second free practice session, Sebastian Vettel took his third Grand Prix win of the year in style by using a four-stop strategy to convert his pole position in Turkey to victory.

While Vettel led from start to finish, he was the only driver not to be involved in the lively overtaking battles that characterised the race, just as had been the case in China three weeks ago. His team mate, Mark Webber, passed Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to claim second with less than 10 laps to go. At the end of the 309.396-kilometres race, the top three were covered by just 10.075 seconds.

The abrasive surface, relatively warm temperatures of 18 degrees centigrade ambient and 30 degrees track, as well as the exceptionally demanding turn Eight at Istanbul made it one of the most severe tracks in terms of tyre wear that Pirelli will run on all year. Despite these extreme circumstances, the tyres stood up well to the challenge.

Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said: “We obviously develop tyres that have to suit 20 different circuits this year, and the demands of Turn Eight in particular mean that Istanbul Park is definitely at the upper limit of what we are working with in terms of tyre wear. So we’re pleased that the tyres stood up to the challenge so well, giving the teams plenty of scope to utilise different strategies. We actually thought that Vettel could have won the race with three stops, but the comparatively short pit lane layout here in Istanbul meant that the performance advantage of an extra stop outweighed the 20 seconds or so spent in the pit lane. With the pace he had, Vettel could afford an extra stop, and that was clearly the decision taken by plenty of other teams as well.”

Earlier today, Pirelli announced the nominations for the races in Montreal, Valencia and Great Britain. In Canada the PZero Yellow (soft) and PZero Red (supersoft) tyre will be used. In Europe (Valencia) the PZero White (medium) tyre makes its debut, alongside the PZero Red (supersoft), while Britain will use the PZero Silver (hard) and the PZero Yellow (soft). 

 

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HIGH EXCITEMENT AT MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX. PIRELLI TYRES PROVE DECISIVE

For the second race in succession, reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) has converted pole position to a win on Pirelli tyres. Tyre strategy proved crucial to the race, with the drivers who best looked after their tyres in the punishing conditions of Malaysia being rewarded with the top positions.

The second race of Pirelli in Formula One provided plenty of action and overtaking from beginning to end. The podium was not decided until the very final lap, with Vettel winning by just over three seconds while Heidfeld just managed to hold off fourth-placed Mark Webber.

The top three finishers all selected a similar three-stop strategy, running the soft tyre for the first two stints before switching to the hard tyre for the final stint. Button conserved his rubber to maximum effect, running to the end of the race on the hard tyre following his final stop on lap 38.

“If we thought the Australian Grand Prix was good” – Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said – “then Malaysia was something else! Thankfully the weather stayed dry, which meant that we were able to see our tyres performing without the rain factor. The Malaysian Grand Prix turned into a battle of strategy and bravery from start to finish, where choosing the right tyres at the right time was absolutely crucial. (…) After such a breath-taking race though there’s no actual time to draw breath, as now we head straight to China for yet another new challenge – and hopefully just as thrilling a spectacle.”

The Chinese Grand Prix takes place next weekend at Shanghai, where Pirelli will once more supply hard and soft PZero compounds to the 12 Formula One teams.

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TURKEY: "FACTORY OF CHAMPIONS"

The ‘factory of champions’ was inaugurated within the Pirelli industrial centre at Izmit, Turkey, the plant at which the tyres will be produced for Formula 1 for the three years 2011-2013. The industrial centre in Izmit, at which Pirelli is celebrating its 50th anniversary of activities in Turkey, hosted Pirelli’s Motorsport tyre production line since 2007, and, together with the Research and Development centre in Milan, it will become the heart of the company’s Formula 1 operations. With a production of eight million motor sport, car and truck tyres a year, the Izmit installation is today the Pirelli factory in which the greatest number of tyres are produced. In 2011, Pirelli will make a total of 200,000 racing tyres, of which 50,000 will be for the Formula 1 teams and about 70,000 will go to the GP2 and GP3 championships, of which Pirelli is the exclusive supplier.

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