Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli says they are ready with their tyre specification for the next season after a two-day test in Spain this week
Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes helped Pirelli in the 2020 tyre test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which was the final chance for the Italian manufacturer to decide on the compound. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull driver Alex Albon ran on Monday, completing 145 and 114 laps respectively.
Mercedes reserve driver, Esteban Ocon was the sole driver on track on Tuesday, covering 144 laps for a total of 404 over the two days.
As promised, here’s @OconEsteban in the @MercedesAMGF1. He’s our #F1 representative for today. A busy day of testing ahead @Circuitcat_eng for both @f1 and @FIA_F2, trying out their different #PZero tyres for next year. And it’s looking like a nice day for it! #Fit4F1 pic.twitter.com/Ul3BKbRpGW
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) October 8, 2019
“We carried out plenty of running with the three top teams over two days, which enabled us to collect the data that we wanted. As a result, we are now in a position to nominate the 2020 specification,” said Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of F1 and Car Racing.
“We had a busy couple of days in Barcelona, alternately testing our 2020 tyres for both Formula 1 and Formula 2. In Formula 1, the aim of the test was to validate the latest specification of 13-inch 2020 tyres following the most recent guidelines agreed with the teams”, Isola added.
Pirelli also ran its 18-inch tyre in a Formula 2 car- the size due to be adopted by Formula 1 from 2021.