De la Rosa Promises Better F1 Show in 2011

So far, Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa has been the only racer that spent a decent amount of time testing the new Pirelli tires, while also having raced on Bridgestone rubber for more than half of season last year. Considering his extensive testing experience in F1, one should agree that the information he reveals about the new Pirelli compound will be valuable for all drivers for the year ahead.

That being said, the fact that De la Rosa promises a better show in 2011, based on his recent experience at the wheel of Pirelli's test car, should provide the fans with extra excitement for the season ahead. Following his 2-day test in Abu Dhabi this week, the Spaniard admitted that Pirelli will come to F1 in 2011 with a completely different compound as compared to their predecessors.

The races will be more interesting, because they have designed a tire for the show – especially the super soft which is very fast but also has a very big degradation,” said De la Rosa in an interview with Barcelona radio Rac1.

Furthermore, he echoed the rumors appeared in the media earlier this week, according to which the 2011 races will feature at least 2 pit stops per driver, due to the new compound's higher degree of degradation. However, the Spaniard stopped short from neglecting the importance of qualifying, despite the introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and adjustable rear wings – those are considered important weapons in on-track duels.

Qualifying will always be 70 per cent of the outcome of the race,” added De la Rosa. “Of course, it is true that the difference between the first and the second choice of compounds is very large. So those who start further back than eleventh will have a chance to fight for points because the harder tire will last much longer than the soft. But that's only speculation.”
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