Pirelli has begun its tyre testing programme for the 2017 season today with Ferrari at the team’s Fiorano test track.
F1’s new, wider tyres for 2017 won’t be tested until next year, according to Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, as there will be no post-season test.
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.
The FIA has revised its expectation of how much quicker Formula One cars will be in 2017 following changes to the planned technical rules for next season.
Plans for higher-performance F1 cars and increased driver head protection next season have taken a step forward.