we already have a pretty good idea of the changes that pirelli are going to make for 2012 ; the teams have been adapting well to this years tyres so plans are afoot to keep ahead of them
at the last race a slightly improved SOFT was tested ...not that pirelli are unhappy with the existing tyre , on the contrary , the plan is that the slightly improved tyre will be the MEDIUM for 2012
there will again be four compounds in 2012 , pirelli haven't yet announced any other changes but , at a guess , the HARD will disappear ,existing MEDIUM becomes HARD , the MEDIUM as announced , the two softest tyres continuing [ this not clear as they are looking for specific time gaps between the compounds ]
but , in my view ,the biggest change will be the re-profiling of the rear tyres , stated to be to increase rear grip compared to front , with a commensurate increase in understeer
so we can expect to see some interesting pre-season testing , I shall be putting Jerez in my diary
question is , as always , which teams will gain from the changes and which will lose ...even more importantly perhaps , which drivers ?
to the optimist a glass is half full ; to the pessimist a glass is half empty ; to the F1 engineer the glass is twice as big as it needs to be