Pirelli were ‘encouraged’ by their third tyres testing session ahead of their return to Formula One next season which took place at the Spanish circuit of Jerez this week.
It was also racer Nick Heidfeld’s final testing stint for the Italian tyres manufacturer as he prepares to get back into the driving seat with Sauber for the remainder of the 2010 season.
The German had already completed two tests – at the Mugello circuit in Italy and at France’s Paul Ricard – for Pirelli, which replaces Bridgestone as Formula One racing’s sole supplier next season.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: ‘We’d like to thank Nick for his very valuable contribution to our tyre development programme and we wish him all the best for the future.
“In order to avoid favouring any individual team, we have jointly decided to release Nick from his contract.”
Heidfeld’s last test for Pirelli was encouraging and over two days he completed 100 laps of the 4.43-kilometre Spanish track at the wheel of the Toyota TF109, which is being used for Pirelli’s pre-season development. His main task was to help the engineers finalise development on tyre construction, but he also tried out a range of different compounds.
“The tests here at Jerez have gone extremely well and we completed all the work that we planned over the two days,” concluded Hembery. “Now we move onto Monza, where our task will be to finalise the construction before we focus further on compounds.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team