By Alex Kapadia
New Formula One tyres supplied by Pirelli will play a key role in the 2011 season, according to the boss of the Ferrari team.
However, Stefano Domenicali is hoping for rain at some point during the next 15 scheduled days of pre-season testing so that they can put the new tyres through their paces in wet conditions.
Pirelli has taken over from Bridgestone as the sole supplier F1 tyres, however due to sunny weather conditions, the teams have been unable to try out the Italian marque’s wet tyres.
“If it doesn’t rain, there is no other way to try them,” team principal Domenicali told reporters earlier this week. “That would make the first wet session at the track interesting.”
Ferrari, who had a poor end to their 2010 season, are hoping to get off to flying start at the start of the new campaign which gets underway in March.
Domenicali stressed: “We have to start this year competitive right away, because if you don’t in this competitive state it becomes very tough.”
He believes the switch from Bridgestone tyres to Pirelli rubbers could play a big role this year. “On the rear tyres there are still some steps to be done.”