Pirelli ‘happy’ with testing progress


A positive note coming from the Pirelli camp today about the success of their recent test of the new spec F1 tire. It seems the company, along with Quick Nick Heidfeld, have been doing additional testing this week according the presser:

“Having run its Formula One PZero tyre for the first time in Italy last month, Pirelli’s eagerly-anticipated Formula One test campaign continued this week at the Le Castellet circuit in the south of France, again with Nick Heidfeld at the wheel of the Toyota TF109 fitted with Pirelli’s latest Formula One tyres”.

“Pirelli’s test team made full use of the circuit to run a high-speed configuration, enabling the engineers to assess the performance of the tyres under extreme loading as well as through slower and more technical sections”.

That’s good news but the ultimate critic will be the teams. Pirelli may be very confident on their recent tests but until McLaren, Ferrari, Renault, Red Bull, Sauber, Mercedes and the others get their hands on them; the jury is out.

Pirelli feel they have made significant progress and that the test are equaling their expectations as motorsport director Paul Hembery explained:

“We’re very happy with the progress we’ve made so far, which actually puts us slightly ahead of where we expected to be at this point in time,” pointed out Hembery. “We worked through an initial development programme that has given us a useful insight into the performance of our prototype tyres under a wide range of conditions, corners and speeds. We’ve been hugely encouraged by what we’ve seen up to now, and that’s been helped by both Nick’s clear and precise feedback, as well as all the different possibilities afforded to us by the Paul Ricard circuit.”

Keep up the good work Nick, your career is counting on you.

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