Pirelli granted extra F1 pre-season wet weather test

Pirelli has been granted permission to carry out an extra Formula 1 pre-season wet weather test this year, to help its preparations for the new campaign

Pirelli granted extra F1 pre-season wet weather test

There was a renewed focus on the performance of Pirelli's wet tyres following last year's rain-soaked Brazilian Grand Prix, when a number of drivers complained.

The performance of the wets has come into sharper focus amid the plan for wet races to have a standing start from now on if they initially begin behind a safety car. That rule is due to be ratified by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday.

In light of those two factors, Pirelli has been pushing for a bespoke wet weather tyre test so it can focus on developing an improved product for the season ahead.

Following discussions at Tuesday's F1 Commission meeting in Geneva, it has emerged that Pirelli has been granted its wish - and will be allowed to run an extra single car wet-weather test before the start of the 2017 season.

It is understood that the two-day test will utilise one of the mule cars prepared by Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes for last year's 2017-spec tyre testing, while the location for the run has not yet been finalised.

Speaking last week, Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery told Autosport that the focus for the work would be on improving the characteristics of the extreme wet tyre, as feedback on the intermediate has been more positive.

"The only area where we will be working during this season is with the wet tyres, and we are trying to improve the warm up time - especially in relation to the standing starts," he said.

"So that is one area where we will have development during the season.

"We have been asked to keep the inters as they were, and just try to get the warm up time of the extreme wet improved.

"Also that when you do go into an oversteer situation, that the car is easier to control. Those are the areas we are working on."

As well as the wet weather test, the F1 Commission approved the plans for the 25-days of in-season tyre testing this year - which will involve at least eight teams - plus the idea of a one or two day post-season test to help prepare 2018's tyres.

shares
comments
Mercedes keeping 2018 F1 options open with Valtteri Bottas deal

Previous article

Mercedes keeping 2018 F1 options open with Valtteri Bottas deal

Next article

F1 takeover by Liberty Media approved by FIA World Motor Sport Council

F1 takeover by Liberty Media approved by FIA World Motor Sport Council
Load comments
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model? Plus

Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model?

Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results

Formula 1
Jul 20, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash Plus

How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash

A poor start for Valtteri Bottas and the lap one clash between Formula 1's 2021 title protagonists gave Charles Leclerc a surprise lead in the British Grand Prix that he almost held to the end. Here's how the Ferrari driver came close to a famous victory, ultimately denied by a recovering Lewis Hamilton three laps from home

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
The signs that suggest Mercedes can win the Silverstone F1 race Plus

The signs that suggest Mercedes can win the Silverstone F1 race

Red Bull and Max Verstappen scored an early blow against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone, with sprint qualifying race victory. But that doesn’t mean Sunday’s grand prix is a foregone conclusion. Although Verstappen starts as the favourite, here’s why Mercedes still holds hope of winning

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2021
Uncovering Silverstone's engineering secrets for F1 success Plus

Uncovering Silverstone's engineering secrets for F1 success

Formula 1 returns to Silverstone this weekend, but despite its familiarity to all the teams it is no picnic. Here are five of the key points for engineers to consider prior to the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 16, 2021
The changing faces of F1’s British GP conquerors Plus

The changing faces of F1’s British GP conquerors

The British Grand Prix is where the world championship began in 1950. STUART CODLING looks at six of Formula 1's era-defining cars which have all scored memorable victories in its original race

Formula 1
Jul 15, 2021