Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has said that the Italian tyre manufacturer is expecting a more meaningful test in Bahrain in two weeks’ time after a somewhat disjointed first run in Jerez this week.
With most of the teams having got to grips with their new cars in Jerez, the second test in Bahrain should be more representative and allow for a greater focus on the 2014 spec tyre that Pirelli has produced. After a tumultuous 2013 season, Hembery has said that his team is willing to react to any criticism that may arise from this evaluation of the new compounds.
“The emphasis was not on tyres during this test,” Hembery explained. “Instead the teams were simply trying to get an understanding of this radical new set of regulations and put the first kilometres onto their cars. With so much to understand about the new power units and aerodynamic rules, the teams aimed simply to increase their knowledge about the cars.
“The upcoming tests in Bahrain should allow them to focus on tyres a little more, having had two weeks to develop their cars and remedy any issues that have been identified at Jerez. We too are completely open, flexible and ready to adapt our tyres should the tests in Bahrain, where more meaningful running will take place, identify any need to do so.”
Pirelli did bring an unmarked ‘winter’ compound tyre to Jerez, but it is not yet clear whether this will make an appearance at either of the Bahrain tests.
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