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Pirelli aims to test 2017 F1 tyres at the end of July

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Pirelli aims to test 2017 F1 tyres at the end of July
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Apr 15, 2016, 11:09 AM

Pirelli expects to be able to test its first 2017 Formula 1 tyres on modified 2015 cars in late July.

Pirelli tyre stencil for Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1
Sahara Force India F1 Team with Pirelli engineers
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Pirelli technician
Pirelli tyre detail
Renault Sport F1 Team, Pirelli tyres
Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director on the grid
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As previously reported, there will be some initial testing with older cars and current tyre sizes and new compounds, before Pirelli switches its focus to 2015 machine with suspension modified to deal with the larger 2017 tyres.

"That's being defined at the moment," said Pirelli boss Paul Hembery when asked about the timing.

"I would anticipate end of July, beginning of August, around Hockenheim."

It is not yet clear how the first tyre testing sessions might fit into the schedule given that there are four races in five weekends in July, followed by the summer break in August.

Hembery says that today's provisional agreement on testing is one of the last steps prior to the finalisation of its contract to supply F1 from 2017 to 2019.

"I think it's all come together. I think everything will be finalised next week. There's a sort of matrix of elements that needed to be finalised before everything could be sorted, but we've had great support from the teams and FOM.

"I think everybody is working towards a common goal, which is really positive."

Hembery stressed that the pressure is now on to prepare for the revised rules due next season.

"Obviously we're in April. We're taking on the challenge of course, we've got an aero change which is important, a size change, very important, and a change to the characteristic of the tyres.

"So there's a lot of things going together in one phase that from our point of view is a big challenge, an interesting technical challenge, that's for sure.

"There's a car there that is going to be different, it's quite a big area of change for everybody. Of course the big area of hope is that it will create an airflow that doesn't disturb the following car. That's the belief, that this package will help.

"We're working on tyres that have a wider thermal working range, so they are less sensitive to thermal input, meaning that if there are conditions that create currently an overheating situation, that won't be the case.

"So there are a lot of aspects that we're all hoping will lead toward faster cars, more challenging cars to drive, and better racing."

Regarding which teams will be used for testing, given that five have shown an interest, he said: "Particularly for this year it's a question of who's able to do it, that's really the bottom line. We would use all five, that's for the '15 car modified."

 

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