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Pirelli agree increased in-season testing plan for 2017 tyres // Two phase testing to take place during the year

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Pirelli agree increased in-season testing plan for 2017 tyres
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There’s been a storm brewing between the FIA and Pirelli recently, regarding the tyres for next season. The new tyres are significantly different as they are wider and according to Pirelli have “a much larger thermal zone.” The Italian supplier wanted to increase the amount of in-season testing specific to the tyres during 2016 so they’d be ready for the new year.

The FIA weren’t keen, and the debate went back and forth to the point where Pirelli were threatening not to sign their contract for next year’s tyre supply, and not to give any tyres to the teams to help them design the 2017 cars.

Thankfully, it’s all been resolved and the FIA have agreed to a full 25 days of testing split into two phases – the first will use old V8 cars and then, Pirelli say: “We move on to a hybrid car – a 2015 car with 2017 aero on mods.” Only a handful of teams will be able to complete the testing but the data will be made available to everyone. It’s also worth noting that the three compound concept has been deemed a success and is likely to stay for 2017 as well.