Rumours are circulating the F1 scene that Pirelli will start testing its new tyres for the 2011 season tomorrow.
According to the Spanish newspaper AS, the Italian tyres manufacturer will run a three-day programme at the Mugello circuit in Italy from Monday onwards with the test due to be the first time that the Pirelli tyres will be run on an F1 car.
Some testing has already taken place at Paul Ricard, but those tests were conducted with a GP2 car. Pirelli have said it was keen to run its rubber on an F1 machine prior to post-season testing following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Spanish daily also reports that, as has long been predicted, Nick Heidfeld will carry out the tyre testing on Pirelli’s behalf at the wheel of a 2009 Toyota car.
Heidfeld has been available after he lost his race seat for the 2010 season although it remains to be seen what impact any role with Pirelli would have on his position as test and reserve driver for Mercedes.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team