By Alex Kapadia
Formula One teams got the chance to try out the full range of Pirelli’s 2012 slick tyres, with the P Zero Silver hard, P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres all taking to the track in Barcelona this week.
In total the drivers completed 3697 laps, the equivalent of 17,207 kilometres, during the four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya.
At the second test of the year, the majority of the teams ramped up the development curve with their 2012 cars, seeing how they interact with the full range of Pirelli tyres on a circuit that is very familiar to all of them.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “It was an extremely productive four days, and we were helped by temperatures that – at least in the afternoons – were more representative of what we will expect to see during the season.
“The teams all completed the most amount of running that we have seen so far this year, 17,207 kilometres as opposed to 14,949 kilometres in Jerez. This allowed them to gather plenty of data on all four slick tyres that we can now analyse in order to come up with a few different scenarios for the first races related to strategy options and crossover points.
“As we expected, most teams chose to concentrate on the medium tyre, with the emphasis often on aerodynamic set-up work rather than tyre evaluation.
“However, we got plenty of work done and we’re satisfied with the levels of degradation and performance seen so far, as we head now into the final test again at Barcelona next week.
“It’s only then that we will see a more accurate picture of the relative performance of the teams, but from our point of view we are meeting our objectives.”