Posted on July 24, 2013

Mercedes will have a “number of challenges to overcome” in this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix because they did not attend the young driver test at Silverstone, according to the team’s executive director Toto Wolff. The Brackley-based team were banned from taking part in last week’s three-day test because they breached the rules by holding a test in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix in May. That meant that Mercedes, unlike their 10 rival teams, were not able to gain experience of the new specification of Pirelli tyre which will be introduced at the Hungaroring in response to a series of More…

Posted on March 7, 2012

Pirelli has made clear its desire to continue playing an active role in improving the Formula 1 spectacle through its tyres and today secured a more up-to-date car, in the shape of the 2010 Renault, with which to continue private testing through the course of this season. The Italian manufacturer was credited with helping transform the quality of the racing last year through the advent of deliberately less durable tyres and in recent months has been pushing to get access to a more contemporary machine, having run a 2009 Toyota since being confirmed as the replacement supplier for Bridgestone mid-way More…

Posted on June 25, 2011

Qualifying for the European Grand Prix featured an anti-climactic end, with most of the front runners not completing their second runs and only one driver, Mark Webber, making an improvement on his final run. Meanwhile two drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil choosing not to set a timed lap in order to save a set of new soft tyres for the race and have a free choice of what tyre to start the race on. Michael Schumacher found himself in the position of setting no time in Monaco and many teams were unsure of how the rules would be applied. More…

Posted on November 19, 2010

The rebirth of Pirelli as a tyre supplier began today with the first test in Abu Dhabi. In total there were 13 drivers on track today, with Force India giving both Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta a run. The fastest time was set by Felipe Massa in 1m 40.170, which was a shade faster than he managed in qualifying for last week’s Grand Prix. But of course that does not tell the whole story. First there has been a significant amount of track improvement since last week, with lap times in the Young Guns test around 1.3 seconds faster More…

Posted on August 17, 2010

Nick Heidfeld has accepted the role of test and development driver for Pirelli tyres, hoping that having a head start in understanding the tyre will make him an attractive proposition to an F1 team as a race driver for 2011. The 33 year old German has been a rather forlorn looking reserve driver for Mercedes this season. With no on track testing allowed during the season, his role has been largely on the simulator and behind the scenes at the factory and the race track. The Pirelli opportunity involves him driving the 2009 Toyota car, not the car which was More…

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