Pirelli to use 2010 Renault for tyre testing 07 Mar 2012
Official tyre supplier Pirelli have announced they will replace their current Toyota TF109 test car with the more contemporary Renault R30 for this season. The 2010 car will be adapted to simulate the latest technical and aerodynamic regulations to aid tyre development.
With official in-season testing limited to one further session at Mugello in May, a test programme with a contemporary car will play a vital part in Pirellis tyre development throughout the year.
It was clear from an early point that we needed a more modern solution for our test car, as while the Toyota TF109 has served us extremely well, it is now three years-old, said Pirellis motorsport director Paul Hembery. "Technology as well as the regulations have moved on considerably since then, and the Toyota is no longer able to generate the same sort of forces that we need to simulate in order to meet the current requirements of Formula One.
In order to ensure complete impartiality, the test team will be run solely by Pirelli and the car will have the same carbon black Pirelli livery that was used last season. All current teams will be invited to send one observer to every test.
At the top of our agenda is the need to treat the teams entirely equally, which is why the test team will be run independently and all the teams will be able to send an observer to the tests, continued Hembery. Our new test car will be running to current fuel regulations, with no refuelling, so we will be able to simulate a full race distance and the change in balance with the car and tyres.
Id like to take this opportunity to thank Toyota, who have given us exceptional support as we developed our range of tyres for 2011 and 2012. They have played a significant part in our achievements in Formula One to date, and now we look forward to building on this in the future with a new range of tyres.
Like last year, Pirelli expect to test at least four or five times over the course of the season with the Barcelona, Jerez, Spa and Monza tracks all set to feature. Although the Italian company is yet to appoint an official test driver, they hope to make an announcement within a month, with the first tyre test scheduled to take place in May.
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