Schumacher and Massa set to benefit from Pirelli

By on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa's hopes of moving up the grid in 2011 appear to have been aided by Pirelli announcing that the front tyre will be stronger than Bridgestone's previous efforts.

Pirelli's Paul Hembery said the decision was taken upon requests from that test

"We were asked to provide a slightly stronger front tyre, which is what we've done," Hembery told AUTOSPORT in Abu Dhabi. "In the process we maybe threw the rear out of balance, which is something that was noted during the test. But we've also improved that during the remaining tests that we've done.

"We were asked to try to beef up the front tyre, to give it more a precise input when the drivers turn into the corner, to give more feel. We believe we've done that, and we've now finished the work on the rear so we'll see how we get on with a car designed around our tyres."

Pirelli will continue to test throughout the year whilst the first F1 test takes place on Tuesday 1st February

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