By Alex Kapadia
With just over two weeks left before Pirelli’s second season of Formula One gets underway in Australia, the teams embarked today on the final four-day pre-season test for the 2012 tyres.
It is the last opportunity to finalise the car-tyres package before the first race and one of the key issues for the teams will be to understand exactly how the Pirelli tyres work with their new cars – at least in the short term.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director, said: “We’re likely to see the teams test the tyres that they will use for the first three grands prix at Barcelona, with the accent switching to race preparation rather than new car development.
“Once again we have the full range of tyres available for the teams to test, which have been specially designed for the definitive specification of 2012 cars that we should see running at the Circuit de Catalunya.
“We’ve gathered plenty of data so far and had a very positive first impression from the drivers, so this week should allow us to validate our findings and continue accumulating data that will be vital for the season ahead.”