Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2009

Drivers to race on new soft tyres in Brazil

2011 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2011

The new soft tyre tested in Abu Dhabi last week will be raced in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The new compound will take the place of the current soft tyre, which will be offered alongside the regular medium tyre.

Pirelli will also bring a “considerably softer” hard tyre for teams to test during practice.

Each driver will have two sets of the experimental hard tyre, which has already been evaluated by Lucas di Grassi at Jerez and Barcelona earlier this year.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “Preparations for the 2012 season are well underway, so it will be really interesting to hear the thoughts of the drivers about the new hard and soft tyres that we will be trying out in Brazil.

“We’ve already collected plenty of information on the new soft tyre from the young driver test, so it will be useful to compare that to real race data.

“It?s important not to get too distracted by the names of the tyres though: what we?re calling a ‘soft’ for now could end up as a medium for next year, as that?s what the testing process is all about.

“In general, the tyres are going to be less conservative next year as the second half of this season has shown how well the teams have understood our product, allowing us to make some reasonably aggressive choices such as supersoft and soft for Korea.

“We?re delighted to be ending the season in Brazil: not only is it a legendary circuit with an amazing atmosphere but it is also a key market for Pirelli.”

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