Lewis Hamilton has given the thumbs up to Pirelli’s new Formula One tyres, despite not actually putting them through their paces on the track.
Instead the McLaren driver got a taste of how they how are likely to handle after his first ‘virtual test’ in the teams new 2011 car at their Woking factory.
Hamilton and Button had sat out the end-of-season test in Abu Dhabi leaving reserve driver Gary Paffett and youngster Oliver Turvey to assess the new tyres produced by Pirelli, which takes over from Bridgestone as F1’s supplier.
So his first experience of the new rubber was in a simulator at McLaren’s Technology Centre this week.
He explained: “The test drivers develop the model of the tyre that we have on the simulator to give it the correct feeling and then Jenson and I go on there and test it as much as we like.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team