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Old 07-02-2013, 11:55 AM   #1244
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Originally Posted by doyle View Post
Do you think Pirelli's perceptible poor performance this year has helped sales for road cars?
I very much doubt it's had a negative impact, just as I think Indy 2005 fiasco had no impact on Michelin. On the other hand, the brand awareness gained by association with F1 is enormous.

I'm amazed Pirelli can change the tires so quickly. Spa is the looming monster. You don't want exploding tires at Spa, it doesn't have Silverstone's runoff areas.

For this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Pirelli is to use a belt made of Kevlar – a high-strength synthetic fibre that is more resistant to punctures – instead of steel on its rear tyres.

Later this month, from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards, Pirelli is to use a tyre that fuses the structure, construction and belt from last year with the current compounds from this season.

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