Pirelli has begun its tyre testing programme for the 2017 season today with Ferrari.
F1’s official tyre supplier is running at Ferrari’s Fiorano test circuit (below) with Jean-Eric Vergne at the wheel of a 2014-specification Ferrari F140T.
The tyres it is testing are the same dimensions as those being used this year, but feature other prototype elements aimed at developing the new shape tyres for next season.
From 2017 maximum front wheel widths will increase from 355mm to 380mm and rear wheel widths will increase from 380mm to 465mm. Wheel diameters will increase by 10mm to 370mm for dry-weather tyres and 380mm for intermediate and wet-weather tyres.
Pirelli has been given an increased allocation of 25 cars days of testing this year in order to prepare its new tyres for next season. However last weekend motorsport director Paul Hembery revealed the new shape 2017 rubber won’t be tested until the new year.
Sunday’s race was the one hundredth for Pirelli since returning to Formula One at the beginning of 2011. Next year will see the commencement of their third three-year contract as official tyre supplier.
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