Alesi: Prepare for everything in Brazil!
19 November 2013 – Pirelli ambassador Jean Alesi has said the drivers and teams will have ‘to be prepared for everything’ in Brazil this weekend, with the weather always likely to spice things up at Interlagos.
“Interlagos is a circuit where the driver really feels involved, and while that sounds illogical, there are some circuits where you basically drive from corner to corner, whereas at Interlagos it’s a real experience that takes you over,” Alesi said in the countdown to this Sunday’s race, the final round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“Even though the track has been resurfaced a few times, it’s still quite bumpy, with big compressions, and because it’s anti-clockwise it feels very physical to drive. I love the feeling and the atmosphere at Interlagos: the fans are absolutely fantastic, so it’s a great place to go racing.
“The weather is always very changeable though, so you have to be prepared for everything. The key to Interlagos is finding the right rhythm: if you manage this then you can minimise the tyre wear and have a good performance.
“I’ve been on the podium there in the past, but it’s important to find a good feeling immediately.”
“Obviously for Pirelli this is a very important race because of the Brazilian market and this has always been the case: in my era I remember that Nelson Piquet owned a Pirelli tyre distributor in Brazil and was involved in promotional work to underline the importance of having the right tyres,” Alesi added.
Pirelli will provide the hard and medium compound tyres in Brazil and in addition, like last year, teams will also get to try out the 2014 development rubber during Friday’s two practice sessions.
“Brazil is actually Pirelli’s biggest market, so we’re all really looking forward to getting back there, for a race that marks the end of a technical era,” Pirelli motorsport director, Paul Hembery remarked.
“We’ve chosen the hard and medium tyres for Brazil to deal with the different demands of the famous Interlagos circuit, where we always receive a fantastic welcome from the amazingly enthusiastic fans,” he continued.
“There are a number of things to look out for in Brazil and despite being resurfaced a few years back the track is always quite bumpy, which makes it hard for the tyres to find traction and increases the physical demands on the drivers.”