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Charles Leclerc is the first driver to officially test a Formula 1 car this year, putting in the laps during a Pirelli tyre test.
Pirelli’s motorsport boss Mario Isola says they are unlikely to test prototype tyres on race weekends again.
Pirelli may trial new compounds of the same tyre during 2020 practices but they won’t test protypes for 2021 revealed Mario Isola.
Swapping to 18-inch tyres for the 2021 season, Pirelli was given a welcome boost with news that all 10 teams will build mule cars to help with the testing.
Pirelli chief Mario Isola thinks the decision to snub the 2020 tyre compounds has taken away some of the unpredictability for the season ahead.
F1 teams voted to stick with the 2019 compounds for this year, and Pirelli fear that could lead to the tyres overheating more than before.
Pirelli boss, Mario Isola, does not believe the fear Formula 1 racing will become slower than Formula 2 in 2021 will become a reality.
Ross Brawn says it is unfortunate the teams voted down Pirelli’s 2020 tyres as they would have allowed the drivers to race “a bit harder”.
Pirelli boss Mario Isola has revealed the steps taken to ensure no one teams gets an unfair tyre advantage, from random barcodes to one engineer per team and bespoke software.
Following F1’s decision to run this year’s tyres next season, Pirelli have called for tyre pressures to be raised.
All 10 Formula 1 teams have voted in favour of keeping the 2019 tyre compounds in place for the 2020 season, the FIA has confirmed.
Mario Isola says Pirelli must decide by “Monday the 9th of December” whether it will use its 2020 tyres next season or stick with the 2019 rubber.
Pirelli hope that the 2020 tyre test which will happen after the Abu Dhabi GP will be more representative than their attempts in Austin.
Pirelli have made it clear that if the teams aren’t happy with the 2020 rubber after Abu Dhabi, they are happy to continue with this year’s tyres.
Carlos Sainz has urged Pirelli to rethink their tyres for the 2020 season, saying he would prefer if they keep the status quo as the 2019 tyres are better.
Christian Horner has raised concerns about Pirelli’s 2020 tyres after the drivers weren’t happy having tested them at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday.
Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola believes the conditions in Austin made the 2020 tyre test less representative after criticism from drivers.
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.