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HAMILTON TAKES HIS SECOND WIN OF THE YEAR AT THE NÜRBURGRING

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed his second victory of the 2011 season and the 16th of his career at the German Grand Prix, taking his first-ever points finish at the legendary Nurburgring after a thrilling 60-lap race that featured several intense battles for the lead. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was second, ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber – who started from pole – in third.

The top three all stopped three times in total and used the same strategy of three initial stints on the soft tyre and the final stint on the P Zero White medium tyre. With the soft tyres expected to be more than a second a lap quicker than the medium tyres in the cool temperatures of 13 degrees centigrade, and a constant threat of rain, the drivers tried to stay out for as long as possible on the P Zero Yellow tyre, putting the emphasis on tactics.

 “The whole race hinged on tyre strategy – Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented – as we saw Hamilton, Alonso and Webber all try to use pit stops to their advantage. Although some people were thinking that there would be a big time gap between the soft and the medium tyre, Lewis Hamilton was able to win the race in style after being the first of the front runners to change onto the P Zero White tyre. We saw a wide spread of strategies once more, with two drivers even delaying their final pit stop until the very last lap. Because of the cool temperatures and smooth surfaces we saw the tyres lasting for a very long time here, which makes an interesting contrast to the early part of the year when some people said that our tyres weren’t lasting long enough!”. 

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ALONSO CLAIMS FIRST WIN WITH PIRELLI IN MIXED CONDITIONS AT SILVERSTONE

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has claimed his first win with Pirelli tyres and his first win of the season, overcoming mixed conditions and huge pressure from his adversaries to claim the 27th victory of his career and his first since the Korean Grand Prix last year.

The race started in damp conditions and ambient temperatures of 20 degrees centigrade, with all the field using P Zero Blue intermediate tyres. This meant, according to the regulations, that the drivers were no longer obliged to use both the P Zero Silver hard tyre and P Zero Yellow soft tyre during the course of the race.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed the lead off the line from his team mate Mark Webber, who started from pole, while Alonso held his starting position of third. As the track dried out the drivers had to concentrate on preserving their intermediate tyres, with tense battles for second place between Webber and Alonso, and fourth place, between Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton.

“Congratulations to Ferrari and Fernando Alonso on a fantastic race, 60 years after our first win with Ferrari at Silverstone” – Paul Hembery commented –  “we’ve seen some incredible driving and some great manoeuvres. At the start of the race the P Zero Blue Intermediate tyre proved to be competitive on a very varied wet and dry track for about 12 laps, which was a very impressive performance. We saw a combination of two and three pit stops per car, which is exactly in line with our expectations and the podium places weren’t decided until the very final lap once more.”

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VETTEL WINS HIGH-SPEED SPANISH DUEL AT BARCELONA

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has won a tense high-speed duel at Barcelona, beating McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in a hectic race to the chequered flag, with the two separated by just a handful of seconds from start to finish. Such was their pace, using a combination of Pirelli’s new PZero Silver hard and PZero Yellow tyres, that with 20 laps still to go they had already lapped everybody up to sixth place with just 1.5 seconds between them. After their final stops, they emerged less than two seconds apart with 16 laps remaining. The McLaren driver, who like Vettel stopped four times, set fastest lap using the new PZero Silver hard tyre to challenge his Red Bull rival all the way to the flag, ending the 307.104-kilometre race only 0.6s behind. The duo battled with less than a car length between them for the last 10 laps, providing one of the most memorable finishes to a grand prix this season as they carved through the traffic together. Webber started the race from pole using the PZero Yellow tyre, but the new harder PZero Silver tyre came into its own at the end of the race. The leading runners all chose to use the new hard tyre at the end of the race, due to the performance gap compared to the rapid soft tyre, as had been planned. This however provided an increased range compared to the previous version of the hard tyre, with the potential for the new tyre to run for up to 25 laps. Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said: “It was certainly a dramatic finish to the race, with the battle between Vettel and Hamilton going down to the final lap once again, using our new PZero Silver tyres. Both of them drove magnificently, treating us all to a fantastic spectacle, and it was thrilling to see such an amazing start to the race from Fernando Alonso and Ferrari as well. Further down the field we also saw several other interesting variants on strategy, notably from Lotus Renault and Sauber. While it was a great race, we’re still not happy with the idea of having four pit stops as three is our target. This was caused by the performance differential between the hard and the soft tyres, which prompted the teams to opt for a sprint strategy, as can be seen from the sheer pace of this grand prix – although it’s interesting to note that the fastest lap was actually set on the new hard tyre. We’ll be looking at that again in future but for now we’re excited to be moving onto a completely different challenge: the street circuits of Monaco and Canada with the introduction of our new PZero Red supersoft tyre.”

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