The Formula One teams are continuing to develop a better understanding of the new 2014 Pirelli tyres after completing the second pre-season test at Bahrain last week.
The latest test gave the teams the chance to build a better picture of how the latest tyres interact with the radically different new cars. Some teams also managed to complete race simulations, as well as qualifying and pit stop practice, assessing every aspect of tyre usage.
Weather conditions remained dry and warm, in the region of 20C or higher, which is more representative of the season as a whole than conditions during the first pre-season tyres test at Jerez, which was marked with low temperatures and rain.
The teams were able to try out the entire 2014 range of P Zero tyres in Bahrain, as well as a special ‘winter’ hard compound, with a faster warm-up.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli tyres motorsport director, said: “The teams were able to learn more about tyres over the four days in Bahrain than they could in Jerez two weeks ago, thanks to increased running time and optimal weather conditions.
“Although the teams are still at a comparatively early point on the development curve with their new cars, testing data so far indicates that the 2014 tyres are more consistent and durable than their predecessors. As a result, we are also seeing fewer ‘marbles’ on the circuit: one of our objectives at the start of this season.
“However, teams are likely to improve their performance and understanding of the car-tyre package still further in the test to come, which means that the lap time differences we have been seeing between the compounds are likely to come down: especially when the teams discover more downforce as the season goes on.
“We’ve collected plenty of useful data from this test, but of course we are still ready and able to change the specification of the tyres for the start of the season if this is shown to be necessary.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office