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Pirelli reflect on first Grand Prix of 2011 // Pondering the pit stop strategies in Australia

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This is F1Minute and it’s the 29th March 2011.

With the first race weekend over and done with, tyre supplier Pirelli have had chance to sit back and take stock of how their rubber compounds held up. The initial reaction is one of pleasant surprise, with motorsport director Paul Hembery saying: “I was expecting three stops to be the most common strategy in Australia and maybe somebody who was doing really well could do two, but what I wasn’t envisaging was one-stop from Pérez, which was quite extraordinary. It shows that we have brought something different to the sport. We have surprised everyone and surprised ourselves.”

Although happy with how the first race went, Pirelli are considering tweaking the markings on the sidewalls to determine the compounds. Hembery said: “I thought the yellow was very clear... but the silver, I think we need to work on that because it blurred a bit with the black. But if that is my biggest problem, then I will be happy.”

Finally, Pedro de la Rosa will be temporarily released from McLaren’s reserve driver duties for a private Pirelli test in Turkey next week.