Pirelli has promised more entertainment during the 2012 F1 season after launching the new tyres it will provide for the year ahead.
The launch in Abu Dhabi saw Pirelli reveal more information about its 2012 rubber, which has been developed in conjunction with teams and features a squarer profile, increased grip and softer, more competitive compounds with consistent degradation.
The aim of the new compounds is to continue the work carried out last year when Pirelli returned to the sport, with the target being to make the racing unpredictable and increase the emphasis on team strategy.
“After the positive experience of last year, the teams asked us to continue providing tyres with the characteristics that contributed to spectacular races in 2011,” Pirelli president and CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said. “And this is what we have done, optimising the compounds and profiles to guarantee even better and more stable performance, combined with the deliberate degradation that characterised the P Zero range from 2011. We're expecting unpredictable races, with a wide range of strategies and a number of pit stops: all factors that both competitors and spectators greatly enjoyed last year.
“The development work on the new compounds took place throughout the 2011 season, thanks to the impressive learning curve and reaction times from our engineers, who are ready to continue those evolutions during the season ahead.”
Pirelli wil make the coloured markings used to differentiate between the different compounds more noticeable for the new season will the wet tyre compounds have been named Cinturato – a name used by Pirelli back in the 1950s.
The new tyres will be available to teams when testing gets underway next month in Jerez.