Indian GP qualifying quotes: Pirelli

Paul Hembery: "With a difference of around a second between the two compounds, strategy was going to be very important from the outset of qualifying. However, drivers had to balance the extra speed of the soft compound against the extra durability of the medium compound in the race, when it came to planning the overall strategy. Compared to yesterday the track has evolved still further, with more rubber being laid down, which adds an extra element to the calculations

Indian GP qualifying quotes: Pirelli

"In Q3 we saw a wide variety of tactics adopted, with many teams splitting their strategies in order to cover all the possibilities. With the soft tyre expected to last a maximum of 15 laps and the medium tyre for 30 to 35 laps, we're expecting between two to three pit stops, with the drivers starting on the medium tyre obviously aiming to make the most of a longer first stint. According to our calculations, it should be very close as it has been all year, showcasing all the different possibilities that tyre strategy can offer when it comes to adding another dimension to races."

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