Pirelli officially unveils wider 2017 tyres in Abu Dhabi
Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has officially unveiled its 2017 range in Abu Dhabi, with each compound being 25% wider than the current tyres.
Extensive testing has taken place at a range of circuits across the world, including the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain and Italy’s Mugello track.
Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have conducted testing of the wider compounds, using modified 2015 cars.
10 tests lasting 24 days in total have taken place so far in both wet and dry conditions, with a further test involving all three teams taking place after the Abu Dhabi GP.
The front tyre for 2017 will increase in width from 245 to 305mm, while the rear tyres will grow from 325mm to 405mm.
Pirelli feels positive about the data and information gathered from the tests for the development of its 2017 range.
However, the Italian manufacturer has admitted downforce levels and performance of the modified 2015 cars remain some way off what’s expected from the 2017 cars.
The full 2017 range of Pirelli tyres was officially unveiled in the Abu Dhabi GP paddock at the Yas Marina Circuit.