Pirelli: Formula 1's verdict so far

Pirelli: Formula 1's verdict so far

The Formula 1 field tried the 2011 Pirellis for the first time a week ago - and most came away impressed. Edd Straw analyses the early clues of what the new tyres will mean for next year's championship

For the first time in 2011, Formula 1 will have a true control tyre. Bridgestone was the only supplier in the paddock from 2007 to 2010, but the Japanese company's technology was a carry-over from the ferocious tyre wars that raged with Michelin from 2001-2006.

Pirelli, by contrast, started with a clean slate and a very clear set of objectives – to create tyres that enhanced the racing. In Abu Dhabi last week, teams and drivers had their first opportunity to evaluate what Pirelli has come up with ahead of its return to the sport next year.

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