Pirelli confident after five-day F1 tyre test session in Bahrain
Italian manufacturer receives positive feedback after rigorous tests in the Middle East ahead of next season
Pirelli is confident of delivering with its 2011 Formula 1 tyre after completing another five days of testing in Bahrain.
Pedro de la Rosa and Romain Grosjean again took the wheel of the 2009 Toyota to put the new Pirelli compounds through their paces in the searing heat of Sakhir ahead of the manufacturer’s return to the sport next season.
“We ran two drivers in order to compare two different sets of feedback, and the fact that they were both saying the same positive things at the end of the test only underlines the progress that we have made,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery. “There’s still some work to do, but we can head into 2011 with confidence.”
The Bahrain test was delayed by a sandstorm in the Middle East, highlighting that extreme weather can strike anywhere around the world, as most of the Europe, Korea, and the East Coast of the United States experience weather of a much colder disposition.
“I think this goes to show that, wherever you are in the world, uncertain weather can arrive in a variety of forms,” said Hembery. “But Formula 1 is all about expecting the unexpected, and we were able to quickly react to these changing circumstances by extending our test.
“With the extra time we had, we were probably able to put in a little bit more work than we had originally planned, so everything worked out very well in the end.
He added: “We ran through our entire dry tyre range, and to have reached the point where we are at now, just five months after the F1 tyres ran for the very first time at Mugello in August, is an incredible testimony to the commitment and capability shown by every member of our team.”
Pirelli’s next test will also take place in Bahrain on 9 and 10 January followed by three days at the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.
The Italian supplier will then take the tyres to the first 2011 test with the teams in Valencia at the beginning of February.