The FIA has given formal approval to a substantial increase in testing in order to develop the tyres which will be used from next year and beyond.
With a major overhaul of the tyre rules planned for next season F1’s official tyre supplier had requested a significant increase in testing to produce suitable compounds.
The rules change will allow “25 car days of testing with current cars, fitted with 2017 tyre sizes, in 2016, 2017 and 2018”, the FIA announced on Wednesday. Just four days of testing were carried between the first and last races of 2015.
FIA statement on new tyre testing rules
The World Motor Sport Council today approved changes to Articles 10.2 and 10.6 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations in order to provide the appointed tyre supplier additional opportunities to undertake testing in preparation for the 2017 season.
The further testing was deemed to be essential for the purpose of developing the new tyre sizes permitted by the 2017 F1 Technical Regulations.
The changes will allow 25 car days of testing with current cars, fitted with 2017 tyre sizes, in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In addition, there will be an opportunity to test prototype 2017 tyres (in 2016 sizes) on 2013 or 2014 cars – these tests on older cars only apply in 2016.
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