ERJ staff report (BC)
Milan - Formula One motor racing teams will be in Barcelona this week for the second four-day test programme of the year.
The Circuit de Catalunya is a popular test location, says Pirelli, due to year-round mild temperatures and a technically challenging layout.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: â€œâ€¦ The entire range of 2013 P Zero tires will be at the teams' disposal. â€¦ Our latest generation of tires are generally softer and faster than last year, with deliberately increased degradation. The limiting factor at the opening test in Jerez earlier this month was the abrasiveness of the track, so hopefully conditions will be more representative this time. There is always the potential for low ambient temperatures though: last year, we actually saw some ice on the track in the morningâ€¦â€
Each car will have a maximum of 35 sets of Pirelli's new P Zero supersoft, soft, medium and hard compounds available in Barcelona, including the Cinturato intermediate and wet tires if needed.
Each team is allowed, 100 sets of tires per car in total for testing purposes over a season.