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Motorsport | Formula 1

Pirelli Tyre © Gallo Images

Pirelli to make changes after tyres dominate



Pirelli promised to make changes on Sunday after tyre strategy dominated Formula One's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona Sunday.

The race saw a total of 82 pit stops as teams focused on conserving tyres in a race won by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who made four stops for tyre changes.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said on Twitter: "We aim for 2-3 pit stops. Today was too many, we got it wrong, too aggressive. We will make changes, probably from Silverstone (on June 30)."

The Italian company, which has come in for criticism of its tyre compounds, brought in a new hard compound to the race at the Circuit de Catalyuna.

But it was another grand prix dominated by teams trying to manage the degradation of their tyres.

Three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth, said Pirelli had "put their foot in it" with the new tyres.

Vettel had to change from a three-stop strategy to four stops because of the tyre wear.

"I was a bit fed up in the middle of the race when I realised that three stops weren't going to be enough and the pits insisted the tyres should last a bit longer," he said.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "It is a little bit like chess at the moment, And chess is not necessarily a great spectator sport.

"When you are telling drivers not to push because we are saving tyres it isn't great for the sport or for the fans. We need to push the drivers harder and allow them to drive properly."

The next race is the Monaco Grand Prix on May 26, with the Canadian GP following on June 9 before the British GP at Silverstone on June 30.

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