Pirelli has completed its first test session at Mugello this week and has announced it is on target to return to Formula One for the 2011 season.
Nick Heidfeld spent two days at the wheel of Toyota’s 2009 TF109, evaluating prototype versions of the new Pirelli Pzero F1 tyre, which will be used by all teams from next season under a three-year agreement with the FIA.
Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said: “This was the first step of our return to Formula One and we are very satisfied with how the tyres performed and the information we were able to collect.
“We concentrated on finalising the profile and the construction of the front and rear tyres, which is a process that we will continue over the next few tests that we carry out.
“Mugello has quite an abrasive surface with long and medium-high-speed corners as well as hairpins and quick changes of direction so it is quite a good proving ground. We are on target and we come away from this test with lots of data to analyse, which is exactly the situation we hoped to be in.”
Hembery added that he is grateful to Toyota and Heidfeld for their assistance:
A lot of people have made a big commitment to get to where we are today in a very short period of time, and the effort really has been incredible.
The Toyota team has also been very professional and provided a good, reliable car.
We are also all very happy to begin our relationship with Nick, who gave us a lot of good feedback and suggestions.
Pirelli will continue its Formula One tyre development programme later this month.