The latest word on Pirelli’s new F1 tyres comes from their test driver, Pedro de la Rosa who reveals he is ‘very impressed’ by the progress and performance.
During a two-day test session in Barcelona, the former Sauber driver ran extensively for the first time on Pirelli’s medium and hard compound tyres, completing over 262 laps in the process.
The Spanish driver said: “It’s been an excellent couple of days.
“I’ve been very impressed because I have to say that the tyres were at an even higher level than I imagined.
“If you look at what Pirelli has done, it’s hard to believe that all this work has been carried out in such a short space of time.”
His work at the Circuit de Catalunya follows a two-day test session at Valencia two weeks ago, where he completed work on the company’s intermediate and wet tyre set-ups.
And despite unusually cold running conditions, the Spaniard was delighted that early expectations had been met.
With current tyre supplier Bridgestone withdrawing from Formula 1 at the end of the year, de la Rosa remained confident that Pirelli’s arrival could help improve the show.
He went on: “These Pirelli tyres have their own quite different characteristics to the current supplier that the drivers will appreciate next year.
“I’m confident that they will form a very competitive package. Pirelli’s arrival is great news for Formula 1”
The test marked only the second appearance by de la Rosa as Pirelli’s official test driver, after he was dropped by Sauber shortly before the Singapore Grand Prix.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembrey is delighted with de la Rossa’s input.
He said: “Once again, Pedro has shown what a valuable asset he is to us through his hard work and detailed feedback.
“He’s carrying out a crucial role and the information that he has provided to us has helped us to further define the tyres that we will take to Abu Dhabi.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team