Following a week of tests, Pirelli has revealed it received a positive initial verdict on its new 2015 tyres from Formula One drivers.
Increased laps and performance compared to the start of the 2014 season, demonstrated the ‘phenomenal hybrid technology development’, according to the Italian tyre manufacture and sole tyre supplier to the sport.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented: “The four days at Jerez were quite a straightforward test, with all the teams present getting in a lot more running than they did at this time last year: which just goes to show the phenomenal rate at which this hybrid technology has developed.
“We experienced varied weather conditions on a very abrasive track at Jerez and encountered no issues, with generally positive comments from the drivers.
“From a tyre perspective, the two tests in Barcelona later this month will be more representative, as long as the weather remains favourable. The provision of our ‘winter hard’ prototype compound – a specially created testing compound, with a fast warm-up – was clearly appreciated, as the drivers used it extensively.
“It’s clear that the new cars have already evolved a lot since 2014, and we anticipate further improvements before we reach Melbourne in March.”
Pirelli took 284 sets of tyres to the test at Jerez, of which 5 were supersoft; 37 soft; 120 medium; 57 hard; 40 intermediate and 25 full wet. The number of sets used was just 155, broken down as zero supersoft; 21 soft; 83 medium; 29 hard; 16 intermediate and 6 full wet.
Pirelli’s special ‘winter hard’ prototype tyres (16 sets) were also taken to Jerez. Two sets of these are available per team for the total of the three pre-season test sessions. The ‘winter hard’ is a prototype tyre strictly for testing purposes only, which will not form part of the P Zero range in 2015. It is a hard tyre with a low working range compound, which allows it to quickly reach top performance even in cool conditions and make it well suited for European weather conditions in February.
Denna Bowman, Head Office