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Pirelli happy with tyre test

Pirelli happy with tyre performance from the 2012 rubber trialled in Abu Dhabi
Pirelli has declared itself pleased with the performance of the 2012 tyres used during the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

The tyre supplier provided teams with some development rubber for the three-day test at Yas Marina, with new front and rear profiles being assessed, together with a new potential soft compound.

The new soft compound is designed to wear more evenly and have increased thermal resistance. This reduces the possibility of blistering and should lead to more flexibility within the pit stop strategies and even closer racing in 2012.

The new front and rear profiles are more square than they were previously, which again provides a more even wear rate. The latest tyres also generate more grip from the rear, which tends to provoke more understeer and also enhances the possibilities for overtaking.

Teams were given six sets of new development tyres to assess – with two sets per prototype – together with two sets of the current P Zero Yellow soft tyre as a base.

“Even though the young drivers did not have the same experience as the regular drivers, we were able to collect plenty of useful information and feedback,” Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery said. “The results of the test were very much in line with our expectations, so we're pleased with the work that has been carried out, in very demanding track conditions.

“This gives us a useful base to work from as we continue to refine our 2012 range of tyres, which should bring even more performance and spectacle to Formula One next year.”



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Artov

November 19, 2011 10:32 AM

Exactly James. The whole point is to have a limited life on the tyre to make the race interesting. It is the usual marketing bullshit, competitors taking the piss out of Pirelli for doing what they have been contracted to do, so they make their tyres last longer and the racing becomes dull again.

James Montgomery

November 19, 2011 10:19 AM

"The latest tyres also generate more grip from the rear, which tends to provoke more understeer and also enhances the possibilities for overtaking." :S Would someone mind explaining to me how?? This will have the exact opposite effect on over-taking! When you are in the dirty air of someone, you normally find the car is understeery because there is less air pushing against the car! In 2009, wider front tyres - more oversteery cars, the cars stayed closer together and overtaking was possible (no DRS and only 2 teams using KERS really). 2010.... narrower front tyres.... how many passes did we see in comparison to 2009? The only reason the races this year have been interesting has been due to un-predictability and "additional help" i.e. tyre degredation - "falling off the cliff" - this made stratagies more open which lead to some interesting racing e.g. battles of people on new and old tyres - they were running their own race so you didn't know what was going to happen until th



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