How Pirelli spiced up F1 2011

How Pirelli spiced up F1 2011

The arrival of Pirelli in Formula 1 made a huge difference in 2011. Not only did its rubber influence the competitive order, it also helped provide some great racing. Tony Dodgins takes a look back at the Italian company's F1 return

It is not exaggerating to say that Formula 1's switch from Bridgestone to Pirelli control rubber for 2011 was the single most important factor to both car design and driver performance. After all, four small contact patches determine the effectiveness of a grand prix car.

Sebastian Vettel, who had such a stunning year, grasped that, as Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner explains.

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