Sauber impressed by Pirelli's tyres
21 April 2011 – Peter Sauber has praised Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli for rising to the challenge with its new-for-2011 tyres. Ahead of its return to the sport, Pirelli was given the task of creating compounds with less overall life, therefore leading to increased degradation. After the first three races, Sauber believes the tyre company has succeeded in its task and he has been left impressed by its efforts.
"Pirelli was given a baptism of fire; the requirements it was asked to fulfil were very tough and the amount of time for development extremely short," he began. "They were also asked to produce tyres that would wear more rapidly to inject extra excitement into the races. After three Grands Prix we should applaud Pirelli for getting to grips with this tricky challenge so impressively.
Sauber added that tyre wear has not been much of an issue for his drivers this year, with the team working hard in this area over the winter.
"Our car is very easy on the tyres, but this has not come about by chance," he added. “Our engineers started working on this issue at a very early stage and have carried out the requisite measures. And now we can enjoy the benefits of this work during races.
"Needless to say, the character of the races has changed markedly as a result of the frequent pit stops, and the fans and TV commentators now have quite a tough job keeping track of how the race is unfolding. The same applies for the team strategists on the pit wall."
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Interview with Peter Sauber