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Pirelli open Jerez test to all teams // The tyres try to make their upcoming test with a 2010 Renault

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Pirelli open Jerez test to all teams
Credit: Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.
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Pirelli got their hands on an updated chassis recently, upgrading their 2009 model from Toyota to a 2010 Renault instead. However, in an attempt to halt any suspicions that one team may get more data than any other, F1’s sole tyre supplier have opened up their first test in Jerez to all teams.

Each will be allowed to send an observer to ensure everything is handled fairly. The Pirelli test team will also not be made up of anyone from the Lotus squad, to make sure no data makes its way back there.

Motorsport boss of Pirelli, Paul Hembery, talked of what a difficult task it was to find the right chassis: “You may think that we wanted to get the car that won the championship, but if you do that, then it could get wrapped up in a whole lot of politics and drama. We felt on that point it had to be avoided. So we have got a solid performer... and Renault is not in the sport anymore.”

Hembery has also said the race in Australia showed that their tyres are living up to expectations - providing more strategy options, and producing less marbles.