Sergio Perez relishing Pirelli tyres challenge

6th February 2012

Sauber team racing driver Sergio Perez has admitted he is relishing the chance to try out the new Pirelli tyres set for the 2012 Formula One season.

The 22-year-old driver enjoyed a memorable start to his racing career in the sport in 2011, as he quickly adapted to Pirelli's new tyres which degraded quicker.

Speaking at the launch of Sauber's new car, the C31 at Jerez earlier today (February 6th), the Mexican backed the Italian compound manufacturers move to close lap times between its hard and soft tyres.

Perez explained that he felt the change would improve the level of competition in the sport, which has been dominated by Sebastien Vettel in recent years.

"I think it will make the races more interesting because you have a more open window to work with, with strategies – which is important," he said.

He explained that the closer similarities of the hard and soft compounds could prove particularly useful to Sauber.

"If you look at some races like Nurburgring last year where it was quite cold and we had the hard compound, there was a very big difference and it affected our team a little bit more because we could not warm up the tyres," he explained.

The coming season could prove one to remember for Perez and Pirelli.

Posted by Danielle Barge