Pirelli happy with performance of tyres in Jerez

15th February 2012

Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery has expressed his satisfaction with the recent F1 testing session in Jerez, Spain, saying that the F1's exclusive tyre manufacturer is on course to meet its objectives ahead of the new season.

The first F1 action of the new year saw drivers testing out 1,176 Pirelli tyres over 3,380 laps, with new and improved compounds getting their public outing on the track.

Hembery said that Pirelli had received good feedback from drivers and their teams on how the tyres are performing, even though limited weather and temperature conditions meant they did not have an opportunity to test out their intermediates or wet tyres.

He explained: "We're happy with the level of degradation and we had no issues, as was the case for all of last year.

"But as the temperatures in Jerez were very low and the teams have also concentrated on other areas than tyres it's too early to draw any detailed conclusions."

The 2012 campaign will see Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel looking to win his third world championship in as many years after leading the chasing pack from the first race of the season to the last.

Posted by Danielle Barge