Pirelli says it will take a conservative approach to its return to F1 for the 2011 season.

Pirelli will replace Bridgestone as the sole tyre supplier for the sport next year having been selecte for the role by the FIA earlier in the summer.

While Bridgestone has spiced up the racing somewhat this season through he differing compounds it has taken to races - most notably the Canadian GP in Montreal - Pirelli is set to be more cautious when it returns to the grid to avoid problems it encountered back in the early 1990's.

Then, the Italian company produced a strong qualifying tyre but suffered from degradation when it came to race day.

With that in mind, and with the vastly different technology now available in the sport, Pirelli is set to play it safe, with the company also lacking experience of some of the venues outside Europe on the calendar.

"Some people like to live in the past," Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery told Auto Bild. "Of course we had this problem [in the 1990's], but what we had developed was a very aggressive qualifying tyre. In the last 20 years, the rules and technologies have changed significantly.

"We know the characteristics of many of the European tracks from GP3. The overseas tracks are largely unknown to us. We will therefore take an accordingly conservative approach to the selection of rubber compounds."


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