Pirelli satisfied with Barcelona performance 27 Feb 2012
Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli have reported performance and degradation levels in line with expectations following last weeks Barcelona test, where for the first time this year the teams tried out the full range of the Italian companys 2012-spec rubber, with the hard, medium, soft and super-soft compounds all being used.
Several drivers carried out full race simulations on the new tyres and plenty of work was performed using the medium compound in particular, which has been nominated for the first three Grands Prix of the new season (together with the soft in Australia and China, and the hard in Malaysia).
It was an extremely productive four days, and we were helped by temperatures that - at least in the afternoons - were more representative of what we will expect to see during the season, said Pirellis motorsport director Paul Hembery.
The teams all completed the most amount of running that we have seen so far this year, 17,207 kilometres as opposed to 14,949 kilometres in Jerez. This allowed them to gather plenty of data on all four slick tyres that we can now analyse in order to come up with a few different scenarios for the first races related to strategy options and crossover points.
As we expected, most teams chose to concentrate on the medium tyre, with the emphasis often on aerodynamic set-up work rather than tyre evaluation. However, we got plenty of work done and were satisfied with the levels of degradation and performance seen so far, as we head now into the final test again at Barcelona next week. Its only then that we will see a more accurate picture of the relative performance of the teams, but from our point of view we are meeting our objectives.
One of Pirellis aims for 2012 has been to reduce the performance gap between compounds and it was actually a soft, rather than a super-soft run that yielded the fastest time of the week in Barcelona, with Saubers Kamui Kobayashi clocking the 1m 22.312s best on Friday.
With one pre-season test remaining (in Barcelona on March 01-05), the only 2012 rubber the teams have yet to sample is Pirellis Cinturato wet-weather tyres - the green intermediates and the blue full wets.
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