The latest news from the world of Formula One is that Pirelli tyres will officially launch its 2012 Formula One season later this month, according to the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.
The report said the Italian tyres manufacturer’s President Marco Tronchetti Provera will be present at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit when this year’s tyres and markings are revealed on 25 January.
Less than two weeks later, the teams will begin official pre-season testing at Jerez.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport boss, revealed at AUTOSPORT International that work continues on finalising the compounds for 2012 and he remains satisfied with the direction of the development.
“The hard, medium and soft compounds are changing,” he said. “We are making the performance differences between them much closer together and faster as well.
“We’ve changed the profile on the rear tyre and done a bit of work on the construction to try and get a little bit more footprint because we assume, maybe incorrectly, that there will be a little less downforce in 2012 – at least at the start of the season.
“But with the knowledge we now have, because not every circuit was known to us before F1, then we can make more aggressive compound selections for each race.
“Martin Whitmarsh gave a comment in Brazil when he said he wants Pirelli to challenge us again and push the barriers so that’s what we will be trying to do.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team