Pirelli's big challenge post-2012

Pirelli's big challenge post-2012

As Pirelli gears up for its second year as Formula 1's sole tyre supplier, leading figures from the company tell Dieter Rencken that they are paying just as much attention to developments in the sport post-2012 as during it

As far as stock-take sessions go, Pirelli's return to Abu Dhabi precisely a year after the company unveiled the products designed to take Formula 1 through the 2011 season – the first in a three-year sole-supplier contract secured after Bridgestone's withdrawal from the sport – the tyre company's media camp at the Yas Marina circuit was pretty successful.

In its first season since withdrawing from F1 exactly 20 years earlier, Pirelli did both itself and F1 proud, supplying a total of 34,000 tyre units to 12 teams – of which 24,000 were actually used. Remarkably, the sport suffered not a single quality-related tyre failure despite the grid covering over 180,000 miles during race weekends and testing.

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