Pirelli says it covered over 200 laps of running on the first prototype of its new 18-inch tyres for the 2021 F1 season.Sergey Sirotkin at the wheel today.
Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing Mario Isola said the new tyres will “change the face of Formula 1” when they are introduced after next season.
“We completed our planned programme as expected, covering 213 laps with the 18-inch tyres over two days,” said Isola. “This was very useful for us to take a first look at the new generation of tyres and start shaping the development path that we will follow for the remainder of this year and next year.
“Of course, it is hard to read too much into this test as these are still very early days, but we have accumulated all the preliminary data that we wanted in good weather conditions, so thank you very much to Renault and to Sergey for their availability.”
Pirelli also concluded its tyre development programme for the 2020 F1 season, when the current 13-inch tyre format will be used for the final time. Esteban Ocon tested the rubber in a Mercedes, covering 212 laps.
“The work consisted of assessing a range of prototype slick tyres, as we begin to finalise next year’s specification: the last season of 13-inch tyres before we move on to 18 inches in 2021.”
The 2020 tyres will now be tested by all the teams at the post-season test at Yas Marina circuit in December.
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