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Pirelli initiate new soft compound for Brazilian GP

The Italian tyre maker and F1 official tyre supplier Pirelli will provide new soft compound tyre for Brazilian Grand Prix. This tyre compound was already tested in German GP free practice and test was passed, recently this used in last week’s young driver test in Abu Dhabi. Teams will also try an experimental new hard tyre in Friday practice.

“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,” Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said.

“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.”

Paul Hembery also warns that they won’t be so conservative when it comes to tyre option during 2012, saying the compounds could end up changing classification

“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,” Hembery said.

“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.”


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