By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli is ‘pleased’ with the performance of its experimental soft tyres and revealed they could become next season’s medium compound.
The Formula One teams tried out the new P Zero Yellow tyres during the two free practice sessions at the legendary Nurburgring yesterday, ahead of the German Grand Prix.
The experimental P Zero Yellow tyres are designed to offer greater durability and less degradation than the current version, but lap times should remain about the same: which was shown to be the case during the two free practice sessions.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, commented: “We’ve been pleased with what we can see so far of the performance from our experimental P Zero Yellow tyres, although we will have to wait to hear the detailed feedback from the teams before we draw too many conclusions.
“However, we’ve seen that the performance from these new tyres is similar to the pace from the current soft tyre, but with added durability. So one option could be to use it as a medium tyre next year.
“The cool conditions today meant that the rapid warm-up time of the soft tyre was an important factor in performance, and we expect that to remain the case for the rest of the weekend.”