Pirelli is set to take its F1 prototype tyres to the Brazilian Grand Prix to give the teams a taste of what is to come next season during the Friday practice.
It has nominated the P Zero Silver and P Zero White medium tyres for the last race of the season, which is also going to be the title decider at the legendary Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo.
However, the teams will have the two extra sets of next year’s prototype tyres at their disposal for Friday’s free practice sessions, in order to give them an idea of the characteristics of the 2013 tyres.
The compounds and construction of the slick tyres will be different, so this will be a valuable opportunity for the drivers to prepare for next year.
However, with the title fight so closely balanced, many drivers will prefer to concentrate on Brazil – just one of the many crucial strategic decisions that they will have to make over the course of the weekend.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “We’ll be bringing some of our 2013 prototype tyres to Brazil in order for the teams to get a taste of them during free practice.
“With no testing until February otherwise, this will be an extremely valuable opportunity for them to see what our new tyres are like as they finalise their 2013 cars – so let’s hope that it doesn’t rain on Friday!
“Both the compounds and construction will be different, which means that the characteristics of the new tyres will be altered, with a wider working range and some compounds that are slightly more aggressive.
“We’ve yet to finalise where exactly all the compounds will sit in relation to each other, which is why we are calling the tyre to be used in Brazil a ‘prototype’ rather than giving it a specific nomination, but it will be very representative of our general design philosophy next year.
“We’re looking forward to hearing the feedback from the teams about it, and of course sending our 2012 tyres out in style at what is usually a very demanding and thrilling race in Brazil, watched by some of the most passionate and welcoming fans in the world.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team