By Alex Kapadia
With the pre-season testing completed and less than two weeks to go before the 2013 Formula One season gets underway in Melbourne, the director of motorsport for Pirelli tyres has summed up how its new tyres are performing.
The weather in Barcelona was colder than anticipated, which means there will be an element of uncertainty, particularly regarding the soft tyres, as the teams enter the opening stages of the season.
Pirelli tyres chief Paul Hembery summised: “It was a useful four days of running in Barcelona, although the weather conditions were still too cool to be typically representative of what we will face over the rest of the year.
“Consequently degradation was still high as the tyres were not able to operate within their intended working range for most of the test. This, however, is a familiar situation for both us and the teams, as it was exactly the case in pre-season testing last year too, so this is not of any great concern.
“The wet weather over the first two days gave the teams a valuable opportunity to assess the intermediate and wet tyres, which have been evolved to offer better traction this year, and to evaluate crossover points.
“Generally speaking, everyone was happy with the wet weather tyres, which shows that our work in this area has paid off.
“As this was the final test session, it was useful for the teams to have the opportunity to run through every tyre in the range as they complete their preparations.
“Now we’re looking forward to getting to Australia, where our tyres will be able to function properly within their working range, and we hope to see an exciting race with between two and three pit stops per car.”