Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli is prepared for the prospect of wet and dark driving conditions during the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix, according to a company executive.
Preliminary weather forecasts suggest there will be a high probability of rain during this weekend's race, meaning Formula One (F1) drivers could be set to race at night in wet conditions for the first time
Pirelli is confident their P Zero tyres will be able to cope with the unique setting however, as it tested the effects an artificially dampened track had on its tyres during a night time trial in Abu Dhabi.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director, claimed there is absolutely no difference between running wet tyres at night than there is during the day.
He said: "The biggest difference is temperature, but the Abu Dhabi test enabled us to gather very useful data about how the wet tyres behaved in unusually warm conditions.
"We were very pleased with the results of that test, so we know that if it's necessary this weekend, we can run the wet tyres in the dark with complete confidence."
F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa took part in the Abu Dhabi trial, which was held in January.
Posted by Danielle Barge