Pirelli is aiming to fulfil its pledge to provide more exciting races in the 2011 season through producing less durable tyre compounds that will force drivers to make multiple pit stops during the race.
The Italian tyre supplier replaces the outgoing long-time supplier Bridgestone this season, and it has announced a complete departure from Bridgestone’s philosophy of providing more conservative and durable tyre compounds during its tenure.
Italy’s Autosprint is reporting that Pirelli’s generation of 2011 tyre compounds are designed to require drivers to make between two and three pit stops at most races, with the hardest of the dry tyre compounds believed to be only capable of lasting up to thirty laps.
Pirelli’s final tyre test is underway at Abu Dhabi, with the tyre-maker’s 2009 Toyota F1 test mule being piloted by Pedro de la Rosa so that the tyre maker can finalise the selection of its tyre compound designs for the 2011 season.
One problem that Pirelli has had is that it has had little, if any, running on a wet track in order to assess its wet weather tyre compounds.
Solution? Simply artificially soak the circuit and run the test at night – not only does it allow for a proper analysis, but it also allows for some excellent photo opportunities.
[Original images via AUTOSPORT]