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Pirelli Shines on Melbourne's Demanding Track

“Technology Pushed to the Limit” – Pirelli’s Melbourne Triumph

25/03/2024

On Melbourne’s abrasive track, Pirelli’s softer tires excelled, contributing to a strategic, lively race and praising Sainz’s triumph.

Mario Isola, Pirelli’s F1 head, commended Carlos Sainz’s victory, while the Italian company noted that the hard tire was the most utilized, covering 80% of the laps completed by the 19 starting drivers.

“First and foremost, congratulations to Carlos Sainz and everyone at Ferrari for this one-two finish, which once again demonstrates that in such a competitive sport, where technology is pushed to the limit, nothing can be taken for granted,” stated Isola.

“I have nothing against Max and Red Bull, but clearly, a new name atop the winner’s list, after nearly two years of almost complete domination, is good for Formula 1 as a whole, just like the fact that the top four drivers in the standings are separated by only eleven points.”

“As for the race, it showed that our decision to bring a softer set of compounds to Melbourne than last year was the right one. The race was livelier in this respect than in previous years, with tire management making a difference.”

“For instance, one of the keys to Sainz’s success was his ability to extend the first stint on the mediums, which then gave him an advantage over his closest pursuers since the two sets of hards he used in the second and third stints were fresher.”

Isola explained that the tires performed better on a clear track, but that wasn’t everything: “Yes, Carlos was able to do a significant part of his first stint with a clear track ahead of him, whereas his teammate, for example, was in traffic, sandwiched between the two McLarens.”

“Leclerc managed to overtake Norris precisely because he stopped first and could better exploit the performance of his new hard tires in the early laps of his second stint.”

“In general, graining was the theme of the weekend, but it didn’t pose a problem in terms of tire performance, and in the end, those who managed them best came out on top.”

Pirelli Shines on Melbourne’s Demanding Track. Pirelli Shines on Melbourne’s Demanding Track

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