Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had the advantage that we could enter step-by-step, because Goodyear was still there,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bridgestone director of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“First we had only one top team, then two and so on. For Pirelli itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s different, because they immediately have to equip the entire field, which will be very difficult.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“So far Pirelli has not asked for advice, because engineers are very proud, especially when it comes to the competition Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but if Pirelli would like to make use of some of our employees, it would be our pleasure. We have built up very good contacts with the teams and I would not want there to be a big confusion. The transition of Bridgestone to Pirelli should run as smoothly as is possible.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Force IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Adrian Sutil predicts difficult times for Pirelli until theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve collected enough data to perfect their tyres. The German said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s understandable that as a new tyre manufacturer, you need to collect your experience. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be one or two years until Pirelli supplies the perfect tyre, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the same for everyone, so everyone has to cope with the situation. That makes it exciting.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Pirelli have already begun testing for their 2011 PZero prototype F1 tyres with Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel of a 2009 Toyota TF109. Successful tests have already taken place at Mugello and Paul Ricard, with further trials to come before the end of the season in November.
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