Bridgestone offer Pirelli advice ahead of return to Formula 1
Outgoing Formula 1 tyre manufacturer Bridgestone have offered assistance to incoming Pirelli – but only if the Italian marque want help to make the transition a smooth process.
“We had the advantage that we could enter step-by-step, because Goodyear was still there,” said Bridgestone director of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima.
“First we had only one top team, then two and so on. For Pirelli it’s different, because they immediately have to equip the entire field, which will be very difficult.
“So far Pirelli has not asked for advice, because engineers are very proud, especially when it comes to the competition – 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.”
Force India’s Adrian Sutil predicts difficult times for Pirelli until they’ve collected enough data to perfect their tyres. The German said: “It’s understandable that as a new tyre manufacturer, you need to collect your experience. It’s going to be one or two years until Pirelli supplies the perfect tyre, but it’s the same for everyone, so everyone has to cope with the situation. That makes it exciting.”
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.