By Alex Kapadia
Formula One teams will get the chance to try out an experimental soft compound tyre ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
Pirelli will make the soft tyres available for Friday practice at the Yas Marina circuit as it continues to collect information as it develops its strategy for 2012.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “At this point in the season, our emphasis is obviously on refining our tyre choices for next year, which is why we are seeing some new tyres during free practice here and the young driver test.
“With very limited opportunities for testing during the season, this is important for us to collect information as we develop our strategy for 2012, which will feature tyres that are a bit different from this year’s range.
“We’re very familiar with the Yas Marina circuit as a testing venue so we’re confident that the tyre choice we have made for the race should suit the characteristics of the track.
“Abu Dhabi is an absolutely fantastic facility with some good overtaking opportunities, so we’re very pleased to be celebrating our first anniversary there.”