Test driver Pedro de la Rosa says that the new Pirelli tyres will spice up F1 during the 2011 season after completing his final private tyre test for the company in Abu Dhabi.
The Spaniard completed two nights of running on a watered Yas Marina circuit at the wheel of a 2009-spec Toyota, which brought Pirelli's private testing of the new rubber to an end.
Speaking to Rac1
, the former McLaren test driver said that he felt the new tyres would make the sport 'more open' thanks to the design work undertaken.
"The races will be more interesting, because they have designed a tyre for the show - especially the super soft which is very fast but also has a very big degradation," he said. "[However] qualifying will always be 70 per cent of the outcome of the race.
"Of course, it is true that the difference between the first and the second choice of compounds is very large. So those who start further back than eleventh will have a chance to fight for points because the harder tyre will last much longer than the soft. But that's only speculation."
De la Rosa then added that he felt Pirelli was ready to step back in to F1 and that the test in Abu Dhabi had been a success.
“In my opinion, Pirelli is ready now for Formula One,” he told Jamesallenonf1
. “The dry tyre test went very well, and confirmed everything we had learned in Bahrain the week before. But the most original part of the test was when we were running at night on the wet tyres, which was as new an experience for me as it was for everyone else. The most important thing was that the water levels were consistent, which allowed us to have some accurate results from the test. At the end of it, we've come up with two tyres – wet and intermediate – which I believe are both competitive and stable.”