F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix: Webber wins with the new PZero soft tyres
Sebastien Vettel finished behind team-mate Mark Webber at the Brazilian Grand Prix. With this win, Webber takes third place in the Driver’s World Championship. Pirelli’s new soft tyres received positive feedback which bodes well for the 2012 season.
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Although rain was forecast, only a few drops fell on the Interlagos circuit an hour before the race started. All 24 cars, fitted with the new PZero soft tyre developed by Pirelli, started the final race of the Formula 1 season on a dry track.
Taking advantage of Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox problems, Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) took his first victory of the season and enjoyed the luxury of finishing 17 seconds ahead of his team-mate. Jenson Button (McLaren Mercedes) finished third.
This is an important win for Webber, who takes third place in the Driver’s World Championship ahead of Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), and Button finishing runner-up as expected.
To win, Mark Webber adopted a three-stop strategy, using three sets of soft tyres and one set of medium tyres. A strategy shared by the four front-runners.
Opting for a two-stop strategy, Felipe Massa (Ferrari), finished fifth. Running two stints with soft tyres and one stint with medium tyres, he was never a threat to the leaders.
Button, the only driver to use the PZero White medium tyre for two stints, made his last stop on lap 52. Pushing hard in the last laps, he sealed his place on the podium.
Webber also set the fastest lap of the race with the medium tyre in the final lap.
The new Pirelli tyres
The new PZero Yellow soft tyre has given drivers a glimpse of what Pirelli are preparing for next season. The tyre will be tested next February in Spain during the first official test of the 2012 season.
Meanwhile, Pirelli are celebrating their success. Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Motorsport director commented “This season has clearly exceeded our expectations. We have achieved our objective of having a performance gap of less than one second a lap between our compounds. And, we have seen a record number of overtaking moves.”
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