By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli have announced that they are ‘very satisfied’ with how their new Formula One tyres performed during their maiden two-day test.
The Italian tyres manufacturer completed their first test ahead of entering the sport next year with Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel of last year’s Toyota F1 at the Mugello circuit in Italy.
Heidfeld, who has been recruited as Pirelli’s full-time test driver, evaluated prototype versions of the PZero Formula One tyre, which will be used by all the F1 teams from next season under a three-year agreement with the FIA.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director, said: “This was the first step of our return to Formula One, and we are very satisfied with how the tyres performed and the information we were able to collect.
“We are on target and we came away from the test with lots of data to analyse, which is exactly the situation we hoped to be in.”
Hembery is grateful to Toyota and Heidfeld for the assistance they are providing in helping Pirelli to ensure they hit the ground running next season.
“A lot of people have made a big commitment to get to where we are today in a very short period of time, and the effort really has been incredible,” added Hembery.
“The Toyota team has also been very professional and provided a good, reliable car.
“We are also all very happy to begin our relationship with Nick, who gave us a lot of good feedback and suggestions.”