Motorsport director Paul Hembery admitted that the Italian firm’s choice of tyre was perhaps a little bit aggressive, with the supersoft being perfect for qualifying and the medium compound being the preferred race tyre.
Hembery also confirmed that the majority of the field would have completed a three-stop race if the two safety car periods had not occurred. Speaking in a statement he said: “Regarding Sergio Perez’s front-right tyre issue we have been able to determine very quickly that it was the result of a flat spot caused by a lock-up under heavy braking. We’re obviously on exactly the same construction as we raced here last year, so there’s no underlying problem, while flat spots or punctures have just always been an integral part of racing.”
He added: “The two safety car periods had an important effect on the race strategy, which meant that all the finishers apart from one completed the race with just two stops. Without safety cars, we probably would have seen more people stopping three times, but it was always going to be within the two to three stop window, which has been our target since we came into Formula One.”
Discussing Pirelli’s decision to bring the supersoft and medium compounds he said: “We had a tyre choice that may have been aggressive, with the supersoft being a perfect qualifying tyre and the medium optimal for the race, but this was in accordance with the requests of many of the teams.”
Sebastian Vettel posted the races fastest lap on the medium compound tyre, while Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest supersoft lap over the course of the race. The Aussie also completed the longest stint on the ‘option’ tyre – 21 laps – with Button eking out his medium compound tyres for 33 laps in his final stint.
Formula 1 now heads to Japan and the Suzuka circuit. Pirelli will bring the hard and medium compounds to the iconic circuit.
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