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F1 tyre supplier Pirelli completed their four-day test yesterday, with two night sessions to test the wet tyres and two daytime sessions to sample the dry tyres. Altogether, test driver Pedro de la Rosa completed about 2000 kilometres at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, which brings the total testing distance for Pirelli up to 20,000 kilometres.
Pedro de la Rosa now feels comfortable to say: “In my opinion, Pirelli is ready now for Formula One.” Motorsport director of the tyre firm, Paul Hembery, added: “While we are well aware that we are new to Formula One and still have plenty to learn, I’m confident that we can approach the start of this year’s official testing next month with a strong package.” Like Paul says, the next day out for the tyres will be in Valencia at the beginning of February.
Meanwhile, Hembery also believes that their compounds are less durable than those supplied by Bridgestone which would mean two tyre stops per Grand Prix, he said: “We want to try to create more of a show.”
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References Paul Hembery, Pedro de la Rosa, Yas Marina Circuit
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