Pirelli has wrapped up its final test session of 2010 in preparation for its return to Formula 1, concluding an extended five-day outing at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit where over 3,000km of running was performed.
The company concentrated on refining its 2011 tyre compounds with Romain Grosjean and Pedro de la Rosa (pictured with Pirelli engineers) at the wheel, but the session was interrupted when a sandstorm hit the circuit, forcing an extension to proceedings.
”Wherever you are in the world, uncertain weather can arrive in a variety of forms,” Pirelli’s motorsport boss Paul Hembery said.
“But Formula 1 is all about expecting the unexpected, and we were able to quickly react to these changing circumstances by extending our test,” he added.
“With the extra time we had, we were probably able to put in a little bit more work than we had originally planned, so everything worked out very well in the end. We ran through our entire dry tyre range, and to have reached the point where we are at now, just five months after the F1 tyres ran for the very first time at Mugello in August, is an incredible testimony to the commitment and capability shown by every member of our team.
“The fact that [both drivers] were saying the same positive things at the end of the test only underlines the progress that we have made. There’s still some work to do, but we can head into 2011 with confidence,” he concluded.
Pirelli kicks off another round of testing at Bahrain on January 9-10, followed by a three-day test at Abu Dhabi on January 15-18, which will be its final outing before official pre-season testing kicks off with all twelve teams at the beginning of February.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]
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