Pirelli pleased with 2012 progress in Abu Dhabi 17 Nov 2011
Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli took advantage of this weeks young driver test at Yas Marina to try out some of their new P Zero tyres that will be seen next year. New front and rear profiles were assessed, together with a new potential soft compound.
Even though the young drivers did not have the same experience as the regular drivers, we were able to collect plenty of useful information and feedback, said Pirellis motorsport director Paul Hembery.
The new soft compound is designed to wear more evenly and have increased thermal resistance. This reduces the possibility of blistering and should lead to more flexibility in terms of pit-stop strategies and even closer racing in 2012.
The new front and rear profiles are squarer than they were previously, which again provides a more even wear rate. The latest tyres also generate more grip from the rear, which tends to provoke more understeer and also enhances the possibilities for overtaking.
The results of the test were very much in line with our expectations, so were pleased with the work that has been carried out, in very demanding track conditions, added Hembery. This gives us a useful base to work from as we continue to refine our 2012 range of tyres, which should bring even more performance and spectacle to Formula One next year.
Teams were given six sets of new development tyres to assess this week - with two sets per prototype - together with two sets of Pirellis current soft tyre as a base. They were also allowed to use however many tyres remained of their 2011 testing allocation, which comprises 100 sets for the year.
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