The switch to Pirelli tyres for 2011 should add an extra element to the racing spectacle, according to Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso.
The Italian tyre manufacturer makes its return to Formula 1 for the first time since 1991, and have publically declared it will create more marginal, higher-wearing tyre compounds to spice up racing, after its predecessor Bridgestone copped plenty of flak for conversely being too conservative with its tyre construction.
“The tyres are not lasting as long as [Bridgestone’s tyres] last year,” Alonso is quoted by the EFE news agency.
“After 15 or 20 laps they run out of life,” he added.
Having previously expressed some dissatisfaction with the high wear rates of the Pirelli racing tyres, Alonso has seemingly assumed a more circumspect approach.
Pre-season testing times have certainly supported this theory, with the softer-compound tyres suffering quite severe degradation after just a handful of laps at speed.
“I think it will change the way races are run this year; there will be different strategies and more pit stops,” Alonso continued.
“I hope this is good for the show, but for the teams and the drivers it will be a little more stressful.”
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