By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has got its second season as the sole tyres supplier to Formula One underway by presenting its new range of rubber.
The Italian tyre manufacturer has made all four dry-weather tyres softer and reduced the differences between them, in the hope of producing even closer racing.
Pirelli introduced faster-wearing tyres last year, leading to tight races, and now aim to improve overtaking.
Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera said: “These changes will provide more opportunity for passes and help make a better show.”
The new tyres were presented for the 63rd FIA World Championship at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Tronchetti added: “After the positive experience of last year, the teams asked us to continue providing tyres with the characteristics that contributed to spectacular races in 2011.
“And this is what we have done, optimising the compounds and profiles in order to guarantee even better and more stable performance, combined with the deliberate degradation that characterised the P Zero range from 2011.
“We’re expecting unpredictable races, with a wide range of strategies and a number of pit stops: all factors that both competitors and spectators greatly enjoyed last year.
“The development work on the new compounds took place throughout the 2011 season, thanks to the impressive learning curve and reaction times from our engineers, who are ready to continue those evolutions during the season ahead.”