By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has announced it is going to be testing its new evolution of hard tyres at the practice sessions for the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend.
The Italian tyres manufacturer will provide the new rubber for all the teams to try out during Friday’s two free practice sessions only.
The allocation for the rest of the weekend is unaffected, with the hard and the soft compound tyres – the combination that were also used for the first three thrilling races of the year – nominated once more for Turkey.
Maurizio Boiocchi, Pirelli’s Research and Development Director, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing our new evolution of the hard compound tyre on track in Turkey on Friday.
“At Pirelli, we don’t believe in standing still so, in collaboration with the teams, we’re always working on new evolutions of the tyres that we hope will benefit the sport throughout the year.
“If we see the results that we expect from this life-sized test of the new tyre, our aim will be to use it at the next race in Barcelona.
“This tyre will provide less degradation and so we expect it to last longer, but the warm-up time will also be a little longer and there will be less grip.”