Pirelli will continue its preparations the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship season during a four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain this week.
All 12 teams contesting this year’s championship will take part in the test, which marks the final opportunity for on-track running in Europe ahead of the first Grand Prix of the season next month.
Pirelli will bring a modified version of the supersoft and soft compound PZero tyre, as well as the medium and hard compounds. The modifications have been incorporated following feedback from the teams and from the extensive data accrued by Pirelli’s engineers. This will be the final opportunity that the teams have to sample all four dry tyres from the Pirelli range – supersoft, soft, medium and hard – as for the race only the compounds that have been selected as the prime and the option will be provided.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “Barcelona is a track that both ourselves and all the teams are very familiar with, so I’m sure we will come back with plenty of information. Once more, the track characteristics are quite different to the two circuits that we have tested at before, which enables the teams to experience the behaviour of our tyres under a wide range of circumstances: something that will be crucial to formulating race strategies as the year goes on.”
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