Pirelli Happy after First In-Season Tyre Test


Formula 1’s sole tyre provider Pirelli completed its first in-season test with the current 2014 cars in Bahrain. Over 250 experimental tyres were brought to the track, with them being designed with a view to them being used during the 2015 Formula 1 season.

The regulations were changed for this year to enable the tyre manufacturer to run a day with every team in the paddock. Caterham were the first team to run with Pirelli on day one, while Mercedes and Williams both were running with them on day two.

The rest of the teams will have test days with Pirelli of there own in post-race tests in Spain where Sauber and Toro Rosso will run on day 1; Force India and McLaren on day two, while at Silverstone, Ferrari and Lotus will run on the first day, with Red Bull and Marussia on the final day.

Caterham ran test and reserve driver Robin Frijns on its test day, completing 64 laps around the Bahrain International Circuit before a hydraulics issue curtailed his day. He tested one new construction and two new compounds of tyre.

The fastest time of the test was set by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who won the race at the same track on Sunday, on the experimental tyres on Wednesday morning. He ran 120 laps in total, testing three new constructions and three new compounds of tyre. Williams also ran its third driver in the form of Felipe Nasr, and he tested two new constructions and one new compound before stopping with a technical issue after 64 laps.

“The opportunity to test with the current cars is something that we have always wished for and it was vital to have this written into the regulations this year,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “We made useful progress throughout both days of the prototype tyre test, trying out a number of solutions with 2015 in mind, in demanding conditions.

“Having accumulated this valuable data over two days, we will now analyse it carefully to assess the best development direction for the next in-season test in Barcelona, where we expect to see further evolutions in car performance.”

Pirelli Happy after First In-Season Tyre Test

Formula 1’s sole tyre provider Pirelli completed its first in-season test with the current 2014 cars in Bahrain. Over 250 experimental tyres were brought to the track, with them being designed with a view to them being used during the 2015 Formula 1 season.

The regulations were changed for this year to enable the tyre manufacturer to run a day with every team in the paddock. Caterham were the first team to run with Pirelli on day one, while Mercedes and Williams both were running with them on day two.

The rest of the teams will have test days with Pirelli of there own in post-race tests in Spain where Sauber and Toro Rosso will run on day 1; Force India and McLaren on day two, while at Silverstone, Ferrari and Lotus will run on the first day, with Red Bull and Marussia on the final day.

Caterham ran test and reserve driver Robin Frijns on its test day, completing 64 laps around the Bahrain International Circuit before a hydraulics issue curtailed his day. He tested one new construction and two new compounds of tyre.

The fastest time of the test was set by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who won the race at the same track on Sunday, on the experimental tyres on Wednesday morning. He ran 120 laps in total, testing three new constructions and three new compounds of tyre. Williams also ran its third driver in the form of Felipe Nasr, and he tested two new constructions and one new compound before stopping with a technical issue after 64 laps.

“The opportunity to test with the current cars is something that we have always wished for and it was vital to have this written into the regulations this year,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “We made useful progress throughout both days of the prototype tyre test, trying out a number of solutions with 2015 in mind, in demanding conditions.

“Having accumulated this valuable data over two days, we will now analyse it carefully to assess the best development direction for the next in-season test in Barcelona, where we expect to see further evolutions in car performance.”