March 29, 2011

De la Rosa to test Pirellis in Istanbul, Turkey

McLaren reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa will test Pirelli tyres in a special test in Turkey planned for next weekend.

De la Rosa was the Pirelli test driver towards the end of last season and over the winter, but having since resigned for McLaren it appeared that he would be unable to continue in the role. However, Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembrey said that McLaren had allowed him to participate, and that so far there had been no objections from any of the other teams.

A test in Turkey is important for Pirelli as the track is notoriously hard on tyres, especially the multi-apex turn eight. Having previously said that they plan to develop an 'extra-hard' compound for this year's race, Hembrey also said that they want to check the tyres will hold up, as well as developing compounds for future years.

"The test is about working primarily for 2012, and we are working on new products too. It is also a check for us for Turkey because Turns 8 and 9 at Istanbul are a big challenge. I am not talking compound but structurally. We want to go there and have a double check to be sure."


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