By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli is set to round off the final race of its debut Formula One season with two new tyres at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.
The Italian tyres manufacturer will provide teams with two extra sets of an experimental hard tyre for the Friday’s two free practice sessions at the iconic Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo.
The tyre is considerably softer than the current hard. The results will be fed back to Pirelli’s engineers as they prepare for the 2012 season.
For the race itself the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero White medium tyres have been nominated. However, the soft tyre that has been nominated is another new compound, which was tested by the teams during the young driver test at Abu Dhabi last week and during Friday free practice at the Nurburgring.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “Preparations for the 2012 season are well underway, so it will be really interesting to hear the thoughts of the drivers about the new hard and soft tyres that we will be trying out in Brazil.
“We’ve already collected plenty of information on the new soft tyre from the young driver test, so it will be useful to compare that to real race data.
“It’s important not to get too distracted by the names of the tyres though: what we’re calling a ‘soft’ for now could end up as a medium for next year, as that’s what the testing process is all about.
“In general, the tyres are going to be less conservative next year as the second half of this season has shown how well the teams have understood our product, allowing us to make some reasonably aggressive choices such as supersoft and soft for Korea.
“We’re delighted to be ending the season in Brazil: not only is it a legendary circuit with an amazing atmosphere but it is also a key market for Pirelli.”