McLaren will begin testing next season's Pirelli tyres along with its new car on February 1st, 2012, the company has announced.
The Formula One season may only have ended last month, but the constructors are already working hard with the drivers ahead of next year's campaign.
With Red Bull Racing dominating for the last two seasons, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will feel it has even more to use than usual.
All the drivers may have the same Pirelli tyres at their disposal, but that is where the similarities end with different cars and strategies helping to separate the wheat from the chaff.
This season showed that tyre management is now a crucial (and exciting) part of the sport, and the same is likely to be true next year as well.
Little is known about McLaren's new MP4-27 at present, but the world will get its first view of what Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button will be driving next year when testing begins on February 7th to 10th at Jerez in Spain.