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( Fernando Alonso was angry with Pirelli after Sunday’s Spanish grand prix.

To the delight of the partisan Spanish crowd, the Ferrari driver audaciously led at the start but ultimately finished a lap down and fifth.

“The superhard tyres … it’s a question for the Pirelli guys,” Alonso told EFE news agency after the Barcelona race.

“Why did they bring a harder tyre that grips less than the other one, degrades more and goes two seconds slower?”

Pirelli motor sport director Paul Hembery, however, insisted he was pleased in Spain, despite agreeing that four pitstops per driver is still too many.

“It was fantastic,” he said of the developed hard tyre. “There was zero wear, but of course you had to make it work.

“We did not want to see four pitstops (per driver), but you have to look at the leaders, who lapped the entire field.

“It is difficult for us to develop a tyre strategy that covers everybody,” he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

He said one solution to the four-stop problem would be, when the hard tyre is to be supplied, for Pirelli to drop the soft tyre and replace it with the medium.