Alguersuari likes Pirelli super hard tyres

21 May, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso. Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai, China, Thursday 14 April 2011.

Jaime Alguersuari

May 21 (GMM) Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari’s was a lone voice in Barcelona when he praised the new super hard tyre compound supplied by Pirelli.

Lewis Hamilton had slammed the tyre – designed to degrade less quickly by offering less grip – as a “disaster”, while Fernando Alonso refused to comment.

But Barcelona local Alguersuari, at the wheel of the STR6, was happy.

“We ran a long stint with the super hard tyres and I had never been so consistent with so little degradation, which is a step forward,” he is quoted by EFE news agency.

“I think the main problems we have had were with the tyres and I found myself running more comfortably and faster,” added Alguersuari.

The angry Hamilton had said his McLaren was up to 2.5 seconds slower per lap on the super-hard compared to the alternate soft compound, but Alguersuari said the difference was much less.

“I had a good feeling,” he continued. “You have less grip, but it’s easier to drive. I’d never done a race simulation with 130 kilos of petrol over 15 laps with the same rhythm.”


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