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Pirelli to test 'experimental' 2012 tyre in Abu Dhabi
Pirelli will bring experimental soft compound tyres to this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as part of its preparations for 2012.
Teams will get their usual allocation of 11 sets of slick tyres (five soft and six medium) over the weekend, but will have two extra sets of development tyres to use during Friday practice. Pirelli is planning to shake up the performance of its tyre compounds next season and is hoping to get some data on its latest version of its soft compound tyre this weekend.
"At this point in the season, our emphasis is obviously on refining our tyre choices for next year, which is why we are seeing some new tyres during free practice here and the young driver test," motorsport director Paul Hembery said. "With very limited opportunities for testing during the season, this is important for us to collect information as we develop our strategy for 2012, which will feature tyres that are a bit different from this year's range.
"We're very familiar with the Yas Marina circuit as a testing venue so we're confident that the tyre choice we have made for the race should suit the characteristics of the track. Abu Dhabi is an absolutely fantastic facility with some good overtaking opportunities, so we're very pleased to be celebrating our first anniversary there."
Pirelli will also try out "a limited number of prototype tyres" at the Young Driver Test following the grand prix weekend.