While the focus turned to Korea this week Pedro de la Rosa was busy at Barcelona with his Pirelli testing programme.
Testing has taken on a new edge as the company gets close to finalising the products it will take to Abu Dhabi, when all the teams will try them just a few days after the Grand Prix there.
The Spaniard focussed on the hard and medium compounds over two days of running at his home track, which saw him complete some 262 laps in stints of around 35 laps. Pirelli says that thanks to cold morning starts its engineers were able to evaluate the tyres over a wide temperature range, from 7degC to 21degC over the course of a day.
De la Rosa said: “It’s been an excellent couple of days; I’ve been very impressed because I have to say that the tyres were at an even higher level than I imagined. If you look at what Pirelli has done, it’s hard to believe that all this work has been carried out in such a short space of time.
“These Pirelli tyres have their own quite different characteristics to the current supplier that the drivers will appreciate next year and I’m confident that they will form a very competitive package. Pirelli’s arrival is great news for Formula One.”
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery added: “Once again, Pedro has shown what a valuable asset he is to us through his hard work and detailed feedback. He’s carrying out a crucial role and the information that he has provided to us has helped us to further define the tyres that we will take to Abu Dhabi.”
De la Rosa will try the soft and supersoft tyres at Paul Ricard early next month.