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Pirelli backs F1 test for 2013 GP2 champion

Competitors in this year's GP2 Series will have extra motivation for coming out on top, after tyre manufacturer Pirelli offered up a one-day test in an F1 car to the 2013 champion.
The winner of the 2013 GP2 Series championship will be offered a full day of testing at the wheel of an F1 car at the end of the season, thanks to tyre manufacturer Pirelli.

"For the first time this season we will offer the winning GP2 driver the opportunity to test a F1 car for a day," Pirelli's director of motorsport Paul Hembery announced on Thursday. "It fits in perfectly with our philosophy and that of GP2 of preparing young drivers as well as possible for the demands of F1."

“This is a fantastic gift from Pirelli and a great incentive for all of our GP2 drivers whose ultimate goal is to step into F1," agreed GP2 Series chief executive officer Bruno Michel.

Pirelli provides the tyres to all the teams in F1, GP2 and GP3, and with tyre management proving increasingly vital across all three championships the manufacturer feels there is much to be gained by ensuring that drivers graduating from the feeder series and hoping to move up into F1 get the most help possible in this area.

"Our test driver told me once that after his first day of testing with us, he had learned more about tyres than he had in his whole F1 career up to that point," said Hembery. "We wanted to give another driver this opportunity as well, which makes GP2 even more relevant to drivers aiming for the pinnacle of motorsport."

"We and Pirelli have the same ambition," Michel pointed out. "Prepare young blood for F1 where tyre management is crucial as everyone knows.

"We are very happy to give this opportunity to future F1 young drivers," he added.



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