Pirelli are on a roll! Following an impressive maiden Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday, it appears they have got their old test driver Pedro de la Rosa back from McLaren to take part in a vital tyres test in Turkey next weekend.
The Italian tyres manufacturer lost de la Rosa to McLaren just before the start of the 2011 season and were anxious to use his services one last time to maintain a sense of continuity with its testing programme.
But AUTOSPORT.com is reporting that the Spanish racer – who has joined McLaren as reserve driver – can take part in its key private test at the weekend.
Hembery had earlier told AUTOSPORT: “I’ve written to the tyre working group advising them that Pedro will be doing that test. I haven’t had any negative feedback from them.
“We need to use him actually. He drove the car last year and we have modified the Toyota very heavily – going outside of the current regulations to create much higher downforce. The objective of that is to try and replicate 2010 downforce levels.
“From what I understand the cars here are close to the end of 2010 levels, which is extraordinary, considering the number of changes we have had. So we need him to tell us the differences between the car then and the car now, and we will go through a screening of the current products and work with the new products.”
Formula 1’s new tyre supplier wants to ensure that its products are well-suited to the intense demands of the Istanbul track – as it eyes evaluation of a new hard compound for this year’s race plus further developments for 2012.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team