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China Friday quotes: Pirelli

Paul Hembery: "We've been very encouraged by our first day of running in China, which like nearly every one of the circuits this year is entirely new to us. Although today has been warm, degradation is a lot less than we saw in Malaysia, so I'm expecting to have two pit stops per car on race day, similar to Australia.

"We've also seen a lot fewer 'marbles' - deposits of rubber, with the shape and consistency of toffee, left by the tyres on the track as they degrade and that should be the case during the race too as we are expecting fewer pit stops in the normal course of events. In terms of wear rate, there's a good five to six lap difference between the soft and the hard, which opens up various different possibilities in terms of strategy. The weather seems uncertain tomorrow, which is sure to add another level of intrigue to what is already shaping up to be a thrilling weekend."

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