Pirelli tyres has taken a range of specialised winter and wet tyres to the first pre-season Formula One (F1) testing session in Jerez to ensure it receives the data it needs ahead of the new season.
Testing began yesterday, with ten of the 11 teams from the paddock present at the event. The testing session was brought forward from February due to the challenges the new rules and regulations, such as the V6 turbocharged engines and the energy recovery systems, have posed to the teams.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: "Last year the teams lost some pre-season running due to excessively cold conditions in Spain: we even saw some ice on the track at one point.
"In order to combat this we have developed a special 'winter' version of the hard compound. This will be used for the Jerez test only and it is designed to work effectively even in cold conditions."
As well as running the specially-designed winter compounds, Pirelli will be devoting the final day of the test session to its wet weather compounds on an artificially watered track.
The move comes as previous years have seen teams relying on past seasons' data when they arrive at the first wet race of the season, something they will be unable to rely on in 2014, due to the significant changes made to the designs and technology used in the cars.
The 2014 regulations state that one of the 12 pre-season test days must be dedicated to wet-weather tyre testing, and that will be this Friday (January 31st), unless it rains during the previous three test days.
Mr Hembery explained that the test in Jerez is the first opportunity to see how the new cars interact with the latest Pirelli tyres.
He added: "The 2014 tyres are just as different to their predecessors as the 2014 cars, with the majority of our preparation work having been carried out by using advanced data simulation, as well as real on-track testing.”
Pirelli faced criticism during the 2013 season after a number of high-profile tyre blowouts and failures, however it reverted back to 2012 compounds for the latter part of the season, which reduced the tyre problems experienced by teams and the drivers.
Posted by Danielle Barge