Pirelli has confirmed that the Renault Formula One car, used in the 2010 season, has been secured as the car to test the new tyres debuting this year.
The new Pirelli tyres were first unveiled in Abu Dhabi last month and have received positive feedback from fans and drivers alike.
Providing a softer compound than previously seen in the sport, these latest tyres could be set to add to the drama of the competition, with higher levels of degradation likely across the year.
Pirelli debuted in Formula One last year and quickly set about garnering rave reviews for their compounds, which favoured strategy over out-and-out speed.
The new Renault R30 will receive an upgrade to bring its performance closer to the 2012 cars, with testing taking place separately from the Formula One teams.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery welcomed the change though he admitted that "the final piece of the jigsaw will be to recruit a test driver."
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Toyota, who have given us exceptional support as we developed our range of tyres for 2011 and 2012," he added.
The 2012 Formula One season begins later this month.
Posted by Danielle Barge