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Pirelli confirm tyre allocations

Pirelli confirm tyre allocations
By AutoSport

21/05/2012 at 18:54Updated 21/05/2012 at 20:06

Pirelli is to stick with the same tyre allocations for the Canadian, European and British Grands Prix that it used last year.

With much focus on the impact that tyres are having on the racing, Pirelli is keen to continue keeping strategic options open as much as possible for the teams.

For Canada it will take the super soft and soft compounds, in Valencia teams will have the soft and medium, while at Silverstone there will again be a double gap in the compounds with the hard and the soft being used.

Pirelli is also predicting another mixed bag of strategies at the Monaco Grand Prix - with the tight track and opportunities offered by tyres likely to deliver another unpredictable race.

The more aggressive choice of compounds provided by Pirelli this season has contributed to Formula 1 producing five different winners from the first five races – which means this weekend's event is wide open.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery thinks that F1 should prepare itself for another thriller, and that the choice of soft and super soft tyres means that teams will be able to execute varied tactics.

"You would have to guess it is going to be pretty exciting," Hembery said as he looked ahead to the Monaco GP.

"It is a track that needs good traction, and we are going with soft and super soft – which are two very good compounds for those types of conditions.

"In Bahrain, we saw Lotus had good traction out of the slow corners, so you have to imagine Lotus will be strong. Plus Williams has made a good jump forward.

"So it has the recipe for being another exciting race. I am not sure we will have three cars with a one, two and three-stop strategy in the first three on the road, but having said that I do envisage a mix of strategies."

Last year, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were locked in a tight battle for victory with all three drivers on different tyre strategies.

However, their fight was interrupted by a late-race red flag, which allowed all of them to swap to fresh rubber on the grid before the restart.