Pirelli 2012 prototype tyre impresses at Yas
16 November, 2011
Nov.15 (PVM) Pirelli are testing a prototype soft ture during this week’s Formula 1 young driver test at Yas Marina Circuit and feedback from Canadian driver Robert Wickens is positive.
Wickens, on duty for Renault in Abu Dhabi, said after his first day in the R31 cockpit, “I was surprised how different the Pirelli Prototype 2012 was compared to the normal 2011 tyre – I did a long run at the end with heavy fuel and I was able to do a very consistent 20 lap run towards the end of the day on the soft tyre, which is a good sign for next year I think.”
He added, “It’s the first time I’ve been able to do consistent, long runs and to really start understanding the tyres. I trained very hard all season, prepared for this young drivers test and I’m very proud of myself. I just wish I could stay a couple more days!”
In 2009 Wickens finished second in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, and in 2010 he was runner-up in the GP3 Series. In his return to Formula Renault 3.5, where he competed in 2008, he won the 2011 season championship with Carlin Motorsport, with backing from Marussia.