By Alex Kapadia
With less than two weeks to go before the first Grand Prix of the season gets under way in Australia, Pirelli confirmed it has had a ‘very positive’ response to its new tyres after teams completed nearly 50,000 kilometres during three tests.
Much emphasis was placed on tyres strategy as teams carried out a total of 12 days of testing at the Spanish circuits in Jerez and Barcelona, clocking up 48,987 kilometres on all of Pirelli’s 2012 compounds.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “The teams and ourselves focussed on gathering as much information as possible for the first race of the season at this final test in Barcelona.
“We saw long runs and race simulations over all four days, concentrating mostly on the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero White medium compounds, although it was good that we were finally able to get some running on the wet weather tyres as well.
“The teams are rapidly extending and refining their knowledge of our 2012 tyres, seeing how long they can make them last over the course of race simulations, both on full and lighter fuel tanks. This is going to be key to the strategy in Australia.
“The feedback we’ve had remains very positive: the drivers like the grip that our new tyres generate, which is improved from last year, and they are also pleased by the way that the tyre’s behaviour has become more linear and predictable.
“However much you test though there is no substitute for actual racing, which is why we’re all now looking forward to seeing the real picture emerge in Australia.”