Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
FP1 in
77 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
FP1 in
84 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
FP1 in
98 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
FP1 in
105 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
119 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
FP1 in
133 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
FP1 in
161 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
FP1 in
168 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
FP1 in
182 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
FP1 in
189 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
FP1 in
217 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
FP1 in
224 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
FP1 in
238 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
FP1 in
252 days

Pirelli names three F1 teams that will test 18-inch tyres

shares
comments
Pirelli names three F1 teams that will test 18-inch tyres
By:
May 10, 2019, 12:11 PM

Mercedes, McLaren and Renault will undertake this year's mule car testing for 18-inch tyres, Pirelli has confirmed.

Each team will take part in its own two-day session with the prototypes of the new tyre sizes towards the end of this year. Pirelli will share the data it gathers with the other seven teams.

Read Also:

All teams were offered the chance to develop a mule car from a 2018 chassis – with substantial suspension revisions obviously required – and only three responded positively.

Red Bull cannot participate because its split with Renault means that it doesn't have a running 2018 car, while Ferrari says that it didn't have the resources or time to take part.

Pirelli will run another and more extensive mule car test programme in 2020, when the majority of teams are expected to participate.

"The intention is to have three test sessions, September, October and November," said Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola.

"We are going to offer the opportunity for a mule car again in 2020 for all the teams. It's their choice if they want to do that or not. It's the same system and procedure we are using the last few years. We offer it to everybody, teams can accept or not.

"Then we make the plan according to the number of teams that accept. We have 25 days of testing next year, as it was the last few years. So we have a short development plan for 2020 in the first half of this season and then we switch from September onwards.

"Everyone knows the development is not just these three sessions in 2019, so as I said the teams all the teams can decide to participate in 2020. The three teams that replied positively have been chosen, and we are planning three sessions, so it's quite easy to give one sessions each."

Ferrari team principal Matta Binotto explained that the Maranello outfit had opted not to take part this year, knowing that it could so so in 2020.

"We have been offered, and it has been our own choice not to participate, being short on time and resources for the programme, so as Ferrari we decided simply not to take part in this test in '19, but we are preparing ourselves to do it in 2020. I'm pretty sure that we will have the opportunity to do it."

Asked if missing out on the testing might be a disadvantage Binotto said: "Certainly you cannot do everything, and you need to make your own priority at some stage. That has been again our own choice.

"There is still a process where Pirelli are sharing all the data with the teams of the output and the results, of the mule car testing, so we are certainly counting on that one."

Next article
Norris: 2019 rules exposing F1 teams' strengths and weaknesses

Previous article

Norris: 2019 rules exposing F1 teams' strengths and weaknesses

Next article

Alfa introduces permanent fix for front wing

Alfa introduces permanent fix for front wing
Load comments