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.”