By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli is delighted with the performance of its new Formula 1 tyres, which it claims are already just one second per lap slower than the current tyres supplied by Bridgestone.
The Italian tyres manufacturer is going full throttle developing and testing its racing range after being confirmed as the new sole supplier to F1 from 2011-2013.
Pirelli has already carried out several on track tests with a 2009-spec Toyota, and it is pleased with the progress it is making.
Francesco Gori, CEO of Pirelli Tyre, said: “So far, our results have been encouraging. We have completed more than 4000 kilometres already, and we have good results.
“When you consider that the car we are using is from 2009, so it is not quite as advanced as the cars racing this year, we are about one second per lap slower than the current tyres.
“After just three months of testing, this is enough. Especially as Bridgestone has been in Formula 1 for 13 years.”