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Pirelli reveals testing schedule for 2017 F1 tyres with Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes
Jul 6, 2016, 3:46 PM

Pirelli has revealed the full details of its 2017 Formula 1 tyre-testing schedule with Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes sharing the running on the ex...

Pirelli has revealed the full details of its 2017 Formula 1 tyre-testing schedule with Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes sharing the running on the experimental rubber.

The three teams will each conduct three individual tests over 21 days before coming together for a final three-day run at the end of the season.

All three outfits will use modified 2015 cars and will be obliged to share all the data they gather with the other F1 outfits.

In a separate development today, Pirelli says that it has analysed Sebastian Vettel's supersoft tyre that exploded in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix and concluded that it did not fail but was damaged by debris.

Sebastian Vettel 2015

The first event will take place with Ferrari running an SF15-T at the Fiorano on 1-2 August to test Pirelli’s 2017 wet weather tyres, before Red Bull takes over for two more days on 3-4 August to evaluate the 2017 slick tyres.

Ferrari will sample the new slicks on 6-7 September in Barcelona while Mercedes conducts its first test on 6-8 September at Paul Ricard, which will also involve the dry tyres.

Mercedes will test the wets at Paul Ricard on 21-22 September before it runs the slicks again at Barcelona on 12-13 October.

Red Bull takes over again a day later in Abu Dhabi with a three-day test on the slick rubber on 14-16 October. The team will then run the wets at the Yas Marina circuit on 2-3 November.

Daniil Kvyat 2015

Ferrari’s three-day test takes place in Abu Dhabi on November 14-16, where the Scuderia will use the 2017 dry tyres.

Two days after this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, all three teams will take part in a final day of running on 29 November for a “collective validation test”, according to Pirelli’s official statement.

The extensive testing schedule is required as Pirelli is introducing larger F1 tyres for the 2017 season. The front tyre will go from 245mm to 305mm, while the rear increases from 325mm to 405mm.

Pirelli 2017 F1 tyres

The 2017 slick tyres will be 25 per cent wider than the ones in use this season and Pirelli’s 2017 intermediates will have a diameter of 675mm, with the full wets having a diameter of 680mm. The wheel rim size will remain the same at 13 inches.

Since May, Pirelli has been conducting tests using cars from 2012, 2013 and 2014 that have been fitted with tyres that are the 2016 size but have prototype materials and structures for 2017.

Ferrari and Red Bull have already completed one test each in May and June, and both squads will hold another test in July, as will Mercedes.

* On Vettel's tyre explosion at the Red Bull Ring Pirelli issued the following statement:

"Analysis of the tyre issue that affected Sebastian Vettel at the recent Austrian Grand Prix has been concluded and the results shared with Ferrari.

The few remaining parts of the tyre in question, together with an in-depth comparison to other tyres used in the race, reveal no signs of fatigue or structural failure in the right-rear tyre itself.

"Consequently, the issue appears to be caused by an item of debris, which led to the breakage of the tyre."

Pirell 2017 road map

What do you make of the news that Pirelli will conduct 24 days of running using the 2017 F1 tyres? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JAonF1 Facebook page for more discussion.
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