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Pirelli has presented its new range of tyres for the 2012 season at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The key characteristics of the new tyres - developed by Pirelli together with the teams in response to the latest aerodynamic regulations regarding blown exhausts - see squarer profiles, increased grip, and softer, more competitive compounds with consistent degradation.
The objective for the 2012 tyres is to ensure entertaining races that remain unpredictable all the way up to the chequered flag, with two to three pit stops per race and a strong emphasis on team strategies. The coloured markings on the sidewalls now change to become bigger and more easily recognisable, while the Cinturato name that has become emblematic in Formula One history returns: the tyre with which Pirelli raced and won in the 1950s. From 2012, Cinturato will denote the full wet and intermediate tyres
Pirelli's Racing Tyre System also returns, with some new functionality. This is a platform created by Pirelli's engineers in order to record the behaviour and performance of each tyre: information that is shared with the teams and Formula One Management.
The presentation took place today at an international press conference hosted by Marco Tronchetti Provera, the President and CEO of Pirelli, Motorsport Director Paul Hembery, and Research and Development Director Maurizio Boiocchi.
"After the positive experience of last year, the teams asked us to continue providing tyres with the characteristics that contributed to spectacular races in 2011," said Provera. "And this is what we have done, optimising the compounds and profiles in order to guarantee even better and more stable performance, combined with the deliberate degradation that characterised the P Zero range from 2011. We're expecting unpredictable races, with a wide range of strategies and a number of pit stops: all factors that both competitors and spectators greatly enjoyed last year. The development work on the new compounds took place throughout the 2011 season, thanks to the impressive learning curve and reaction times from our engineers, who are ready to continue those evolutions during the season ahead."
As was the case last year, Pirelli will supply the teams with four slick tyre compounds - supersoft (Cinturato Red), soft (Cinturato Yellow), medium (Cinturato White) and hard (Cinturato Silver) - along with two types of wet weather tyre as prescribed by the FIA rules. All the P Zero slick tyres will feature a brand new profile compared to 2011 and three of them (the soft, medium and hard) will also have new compounds. The new compounds are softer, with increased grip, better performance, a longer performance peak, but an unaltered overall lifespan. Of the wet weather tyres, only the full wet - the Cinturato Blue - has changed, while the intermediate tyre, the Cinturato Green, is unaltered.
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