As Pirelli gears up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – the penultimate F1 race of the season – the motorsport director for the tyres manufacturer, has been reflecting on the its return to the sport.
The Yas Marina circuit is a significant venue for the Italian tyres company as it is where the teams got to try out the P Zero compounds for the very first time, at a test following last year’s grand prix.
Paul Hembery said: “The pace of development in Formula One is phenomenal and so it did not take the teams very long at all to fully understand our tyres and make the most of their potential.
“This means that in a way we have had to constantly reinvent ourselves in order to keep on pushing the envelope and next year’s tyres represent the next step, with yet more performance.
“The feedback and information that we obtain over the Abu Dhabi weekend and test will be very important as we continue to develop our 2012 range of P Zero tyres.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team