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Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery has revealed that Pirelli would be more aggressive this year as compared to 2011.
Pirelli tyres made 2011 one of the most exciting season in recent times; the quick wearing tyres meant teams had to make more number of pitstops.
"Well we made it a little bit easier for the teams by using a particular soft compound all through the season, so they always had a central product which allowed them to optimise either the chassis set-up or the driving style," Hembery said. "Another year we won't do that. We'll be mixing the compounds a lot more, the compounds will be more aggressive, performances will be more aggressive."
"We've got the winter test sessions and we're producing tyres already for Melbourne and Malaysia so we'll wait and see those two races, providing there's no big surprises during winter testing. If we're in line with our expectations then great, if not then we've always got a few things ready to apply if we need to. So we try to keep a number of options open to us either being more aggressive or being more conservative if required, but it is something that we understand we might have to move and change. It's not just a fixed point and we just say 'Well our job's done, just get on with it'.
"We know that we can also have an impact on the racing and it's up to us to make sure that we're still challenging the teams. I think Martin Whitmarsh came out and was quite clear, he said 'We want Pirelli to keep challenging us'. Maybe his engineers might not agree with that! But the team principals have to look after the full package of what they're doing in Formula One and they know that if we can make the racing more interesting from our part then they obviously will do their bit elsewhere on the car and we're all obviously working in the same direction; all of us want to make exciting racing."