Mar.15 (GMM) Pirelli would have preferred to test with a 2011-specification Formula 1 car this year, Paul Hembery has admitted.
After writing off the 2009 Toyota as too outdated, F1’s tyre supplier struggled to find a solution with the teams as it pushed for a newer car for private tyre testing.
Ultimately, Pirelli acquired a 2010 Renault.
“We would have liked to have had a 2011 car,” Pirelli motor sport director Hembery told Auto Motor und Sport. “So we are one step away from being happy.”
He said it is no mistake that the chosen 2010 car is a Renault, not a title-winning Red Bull.
“We wanted a midfield car — there probably would have been too many complaints about the world championship-winning one.
“Also, the costs played a role,” added Hembery.
Missing now is a driver for Pirelli’s R30 Renault.
“There are a lot of names on the list,” revealed Hembery. “Even some that you wouldn’t have thought of.
“Ideally we want someone with experience from the 2011 season — so that reduces the number of candidates a bit.”