By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has revealed that the high level of wear experienced on its new Formula One tyres during the second official group test in Spain this week is part of its strategic plan for the 2011 season.
Drivers noticed that the tyres fade faster than the rubber supplied previously by Bridgestone.
However, Pirelli is satisfied with the performance of the PZero tyres during testing at Jerez as it hones its plan to ensure exciting racing and strategic variety in the sport.
Paul Hembery, motorsport boss for the Italian tyres manufacturer, said it was aiming to make tyre management a much bigger factor in the new season which gets underway in next month.
Hembery said: “The teams are going from a situation where they could probably do 50-60 laps on one set of tyres. But if we did that we wouldn’t have any strategy.
“We are trying to find the fine balance between longevity and forcing teams to make tyre changes.”
He added: “It’s in line with what we were planning. It’s actually a very complex thing to do. If you make a tyre that lasts too long, the teams will do one tyre change, which is what they have done in the past.
“To get away from that, you’ve got to almost force them to a point where the main choice of tyre can last around 100-110km in a race, considering that most races are between 300-320km.”