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Pirelli are working on repeatable “indoor tests” to design their 2020 tyres to F1’s requests, but they are keen to keep the details a secret.
Renault test driver Sergey Sirotkin put Pirelli’s 18-inch 2021 tyres through their paces at Paul Ricard on Thursday, covering 94 laps.
Esteban Ocon will head to Paul Ricard on Thursday to complete the final Pirelli test on their prototype 2020 tyres, that is unless teams agree to an extra test that would be scheduled in October.
Pirelli’s main target for the 2021 season is to develop compounds with a “wider working range”.
Pirelli has played down suggestions that the thinner tyres has contributed to Mercedes’ dominance.
Pirelli are still investigating the cause of Sebastien Buemi’s test crash, admitting they don’t know if it was tyre related or an issue with the car.
Although frustrated by their inability to find the sweet spot with this year’s Pirellis, Haas will not design a car to “fit the tyres” says Guenther Steiner.
Sebastien Buemi walked away unhurt from a high-speed testing crash while in action for Red Bull and Pirelli at the Silverstone circuit on Thursday.
Pirelli say they have hit “most” of their targets with the 2019 compounds as they battle criticism from parts of the grid.
Formula 1 will continue with the 2019 tyres for the remainder of this season after the teams voted 5:5 to revert to the 2018 tyres.
Romain Grosjean believes Formula 1 can be spiced up by following MotoGP’s lead on tyre compounds and introducing an experimental tyre.
Although many of the F1 teams have been complaining loudly about this year’s Pirellis, none have lodged an official request to change the tyres.
Christian Horner has said that this season’s Pirelli tyres hugely favour Mercedes, and that last year’s should be brought back for the sake of competition and entertainment.
Pirelli are considering widening the working range of their tyres in 2020 to make them easier to manage for teams.
Ferrari are struggling to get their Pirelli tyres up to temperature and into the optimum “window”, revealed Mattia Binotto.
Balancing tyre temperatures will be a “challenge” for the Formula 1 drivers this weekend when they race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, that’s according to Pirelli.
Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli say they don’t understand why teams are complaining that the 2019-spec rubber is hard to get into the operating window.
Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola says Haas need to look at themselves when it comes to the tyre issues they have experienced this season.
Teams have warned Pirelli that they will be “short of tyres” if qualifying was extended to include a Q4 session.
Pirelli’s Formula 1 boss Mario Isola believes Valtteri Bottas’ fastest lap in the Australian GP is proof of progress for the tyre manufacturer.
So close you can almost taste it…the build-up to Australia continues with Pirelli releasing the driver tyre choices.
Pirelli have rubbished claims that teams didn’t have enough sets of tyres to use during pre-season testing.
Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t “have a lot of good things to say” about this year’s Pirelli tyres, which he feels are too hard.
After Pirelli revealed the time gaps between the different tyre compounds, the first test timesheet sees Ferrari as the early pace setters.
Pirelli have revealed they will run new markings on their slick tyre range in pre-season testing so that fans can tell the compounds apart.
With less than three weeks until pre-season testing gets underway, Pirelli are hoping that last year’s snow fall stays away.
Pirelli won’t be overly aggressive with this year’s tyre options, adamant that actually slows the drivers’ pace.
Pirelli have downplayed talk of two mandatory stops during a grand prix, saying it is not the “right solution” for the sport.
Pirelli Motorsport director Mario Isola claims he is open to the idea of increasing the number of mandatory race pit stops to two.
Valtteri Bottas put in the quickest time on the opening morning of the end of season Pirelli test in Abu Dhabi.