Pirelli 'in a position to nominate 2020 tyres' after latest test
Pirelli has confirmed it collected the required data during a recent test in which it completed 404 laps across two days of running, meaning it is now in a position to nominate its 2020 compound specifications for the final year of 13-inch tyres.
Next season will be the final time 13-inch wheels are used in Formula 1 as the series will switch to 18-inch rims in 2021. Meanwhile Formula 2 will make the transition next year, giving Pirelli a years worth of experience before F1 makes the move.
This week Pirelli held a two-day test at Spain's Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya where Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes aided Pirelli's programme, completing a total of 404 laps, or 1,850km.
"We had a busy couple of days in Barcelona, alternately testing our 2020 tyres for both Formula 1 and Formula 2," commented Pirelli's Mario Isola.
"On Monday, Sebastian Vettel completed 145 laps for Ferrari while Alex Albon drove 115 laps for Red Bull. On Tuesday, Esteban Ocon drove 144 laps for Mercedes, making a combined total of 404 laps over two days.
"In Formula 1, the aim of the test was to validate the latest specification of 13-inch 2020 tyres following the most recent guidelines agreed with the teams.
"We carried out plenty of running with the three top teams over two days, which enabled us to collect the data that we wanted. As a result, we are now in a position to nominate the 2020 specification."
A modified F2 car was also in action and completed 146 laps on new 18-inch tyres.
"Many thanks to all three teams and drivers that took part," added Isola. "In Formula 2, we ran the 18-inch tyres as part of our scheduled test programme."