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Pirelli: Korea biggest test yet

11 October 2011

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says that this weekend's Korean Grand Prix will be the biggest test yet for its supersoft tyre after making a bold choice on compounds for the race.

Pirelli will take the soft and supersoft tyres for the second running of the race, where it is expected that tyre wear will be high as the initial surface asphalt is worn away.

With the championship title won, Hembery said the final races of the season would give Pirelli the chance to try out different tyre choices ahead of 2012, with Korea set to provide a new challenge.

“Korea presents the supersoft tyres in particular with their toughest test of the year, but with the championship decided this is a valuable opportunity for us to try out some alternative nominations in order to have some more information for next year,” he said.

“Because of the abrasive surface and comparatively high lateral loading in Korea we might expect a higher number of pit stops than usual from the drivers basing their strategies around the softer tyre. Some may prefer to concentrate on the harder compound, so it's going to be another very interesting race tactically. But all this speculation could come to nothing if it rains, which is quite possible too.

“Whatever happens, historically it will be an important event for us as it's the first race we come to with a Pirelli-equipped Formula One world champion for more than 50 years.”