In addition to their normal allocation, the Formula One teams will have two extra sets of next year’s prototype Pirelli tyres at their disposal for Friday’s free practice sessions in Brazil this weekend, in order to give them an idea of the characteristics of the Italian firm’s 2013 rubber.
“With no testing until February otherwise, this will be an extremely valuable opportunity for them to see what our new tyres are like as they finalise their 2013 cars,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery, “so let’s hope that it doesn’t rain on Friday!”
Both the compounds and construction of the Pirelli rubber will be different next season, which means that the characteristics of the new tyres will be altered, with a wider working range and some compounds that are slightly more aggressive.
“We’ve yet to finalise where exactly all the compounds will sit in relation to each other, which is why we are calling the tyre to be used in Brazil a ‘prototype’ rather than giving it a specific nomination, but it will be very representative of our general design philosophy next year,” continued Hembery.
“We’re looking forward to hearing the feedback from the teams about it, and of course sending our 2012 tyres out in style at what is usually a very demanding and thrilling race in Brazil, watched by some of the most passionate and welcoming fans in the world.”
The 2012 Pirelli compounds for Brazil will be the P Zero Silver hard and the P Zero White medium - the same as in Austin - and ahead of the title-deciding Interlagos race the teams will have to make a strategy call on how much Friday running they allocate to them versus the 2013 prototype tyres.