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Teams to test 2012 compounds

ESPNF1 Staff
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Pirelli tested the 2012 tyres during the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, but now wants race data © Sutton Images
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Pirelli will be supplying the teams with 2012-specification soft tyres for the Brazilian Grand Prix, while they will also test a hard tyre during Friday practice.

With Pirelli having been central to the increase in overtaking and more exciting races in 2011, it has been focusing on next season's compounds throughout the second half of the season. Teams were able to use the new tyres during the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test last week, and motorsport director Paul Hembery said it would be using the 2012 version of the soft tyre for the race at Interlagos.

"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," 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."

Hembery also warned that the compounds could end up changing classification as Pirelli works towards an aggressive selection of tyres for next season.

"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. 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."