Pirelli is delighted with the way its new Formula One tyres are performing after completing a successful second test at Paul Ricard earlier this week.
And the Italian tyres manufacturer has revealed it is ahead of schedule in the development of its tyres for the 2011 season.
Having put its new PZero rubber through its paces for the first time during a two-day test session in Mugello last month, the Italian firm continued its testing campaign in the south of France this week.
Newly recruited development driver Nick Heidfeld spent two days driving Pirelli’s test car, a year-old Toyota TF109, working on both constructions and compounds in ideal weather conditions.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, said: “We’re very happy with the progress we’ve made so far, which actually puts us slightly ahead of where we expected to be at this point in time.
“We worked through an initial development programme that has given us a useful insight into the performance of our prototype tyres under a wide range of conditions, corners and speeds.
“We’ve been hugely encouraged by what we’ve seen up to now, and that’s been helped by both Nick’s clear and precise feedback, as well as all the different possibilities afforded to us by the Paul Ricard circuit.”
Pirelli’s test programme will continue in Spain in two weeks’ time.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team