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Pirelli conducts new 18-inch tyre test

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Pirelli conducts new 18-inch tyre test
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May 15, 2015, 9:59 AM

Pirelli is continuing work on an 18-inch tyre project, with a private GP2 test at Barcelona in Spain taking place on Friday.

The Lotus F1 E22 with new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims
Charles Pic, Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims
Charles Pic, Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims
Charles Pic, Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims

Talks are ongoing about a future direction for Formula 1 tyre specification after Pirelli’s current contract ends in 2016, and thoughts are being given to a change of dimension.

As well as an idea gathering momentum for there to be wider rear tyres, Pirelli has been considering whether or not a move to a lower profile type, with an 18-inch diameter wheel, would be beneficial.

Last year it conducted a test with Lotus at the post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone, and work has been continuing.

However, it is more likely F1 will stick with the current 13-inch specification because of the cost implications to teams of changing to a different wheel size.

It is understood such concerns were expressed in the F1 Strategy Group meeting on Thursday.

The test at Barcelona is being conducted with a GP2 car, and part of the data gathering will be whether or not 18-inch tyres could be used outside of F1 instead.

A change of tyres could be based around the arrival of a new specification GP2 car that is due within the next few years.

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