Drivers to sample experimental soft tyre in Abu Dhabi 08 Nov 2011
Pirelli will supply the teams with two extra sets of dry-weather tyres to use during Fridays practice sessions at this weekends Abu Dhabi event. The extra rubber will be an experimental version of the Italian manufacturers soft compound.
Additional prototype tyres will be available to use at next weeks young driver test at the Yas Marina circuit. The three-day session will take place from November 15-17.
At this point in the season, our emphasis is obviously on refining our tyre choices for next year, which is why we are seeing some new tyres during free practice here and the young driver test, explained Pirellis motorsport director Paul Hembery. "With very limited opportunities for testing during the season, this is important for us to collect information as we develop our strategy for 2012, which will feature tyres that are a bit different from this years range.
Pirelli have nominated to bring their medium and soft compounds as the prime and option rubber respectively for Abu Dhabi.