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Pirelli to Introduce Medium Tyre Compound in Valencia

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This weekend’s European Grand Prix, which is run on the streets of Valencia, will be the debut race for the Pirelli Medium compound.

The PZero White tyre will be partnered with the now-familiar Yellow soft compound at the Spanish street circuit, and Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery is anticipating another good race:

“We've seen some fantastic street races so far this season, with the last grand prix in Canada being one of the highlights of the year, so we hope that Valencia will continue this pattern although it's notoriously difficult to overtake there,” said Hembery.

“Tyre wear on this circuit is likely to be quite high because of the track layout, the nature of the surface, and also the weather conditions, which should be very warm. For all these reasons, we've selected the medium and soft tyres, which should provide the teams with a good level of resistance, plenty of different opportunities for strategy and about a second per lap difference between the compounds.

“The PZero White tyres have been adjusted slightly from our original specification to make them a bit more durable, along the lines of the tweak we made to the PZero Silver hard tyre in Spain, and this was the compound that the teams tested during Friday's free practice in Canada, giving us plenty of useful data.”

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