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Pirelli making 'useful' progress

Thursday 10-April-2014 10:03

Paul Hembery is confident that Pirelli have made 'useful' progress during this week's Bahrain test, adding that they are confident that they have come up with a 'number of solutions'...

The Italian tyre manufacturer tested six new compounds and eight constructions during this week's two-day test in Bahrain, with as many as 250 experimental tyres brought to the Sakhir circuit.

These experimental tyres, were designed specifically with the 2015 Formula One season in mind.

During this week's test, 110 laps were completed on these experimental tyres during conditions that were much hotter than what was the case during the Bahrain GP a few days previously.

"Only one variable was tested at a time, so if a new compound was being tested, then the construction would be the current one (and vice versa). The teams alternated prototype runs with baseline runs on the existing tyres, for comparison purposes," Hembery told crash.net.

"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. 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."

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