Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has visited Pirelli's most advanced testing ground in Brazil ahead of the country's first F1 race since 2019 this weekend.
Domenicali travelled to the Panamericano circuit, a technological facility where Pirelli test road car tyres. The Italian was joined by Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of F1 and Car Racing, for the visit and was left astonished by the track.
The circuit features seven different configurations, making it the largest multi-circuit complex in Latin America. Advanced tyre testing is able to take place here thanks to cutting-edge technology, with facilities for dry and wet handling as well as off-road performance. Up to 15 types of test can be carried out at one time on the track.
Domenicali admitted it was "fascinating" to see how the tyres developed by Pirelli for Formula 1 have links to those used on the road.
"Pirelli is a highly valued technical partner of Formula 1 who do an incredible job for the sport over the whole season," Domenicali said.
"It was fascinating to visit the Circuito Panamericano, a very technological track where Pirelli tests road car tyres, making the most of its expertise learned on the F1 track.
"Today I got the chance to learn how the sporting activity in F1 has a direct relevance to the tyres we all drive on the road every day."
That the tyre brand has chosen to use a circuit in Brazil is no coincidence, with Pirelli being the market leader in the biggest country in South America.
The data collected on the track is shared with Pirelli's test facilities in Italy and Sweden. Together they form the basis of the development that is ultimately carried out by the 2000 people who are now employed by the Italian company.