Pirelli boss confident of securing test car

9th February 2012

Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery has admitted he is confident of securing the company with a test car to assess the success of its new tyres in the upcoming Formula One season.

Last week saw the Italian manufacturer debut the new Pirelli tyres set to be used in the upcoming 2012-2013 World Championship season.

Offering a softer compound that last year's fast-degrading tyres, the response to the new compound has been widely positive among drivers and technicians alike.

However while the new compounds may have received a warm welcome, Pirelli's efforts at securing a test car for the year has seen the firm left out in the cold.

The Italian manufacturer is reportedly eager to get hold of a 2010 chassis in order to obtain regular and accurate track data once drivers begin using its new tyres.

Despite these setbacks, Mr Hembery remained upbeat though, describing the acquisition of the car as part of an "ongoing process".

He was also keen to stress that any test car selected would not create an unfair advantage for certain teams.

He said: "As long as we can ensure that the data position that we are gaining and our decisions are based on what we want to do, and not by individual pressure from any team, then I think we are maintaining our partiality."

The Formula One season is set to begin in March this year.

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