Pirelli begins testing wider tyres for 2017 at Fiorano
Published On 03-Aug-2016
[caption id="attachment_4428" align="alignright" width="482"] Pirelli begins testing with Ferrari at Fiorano[/caption]
Pirelli seems to have been strategically tackling the mammoth-like task it was dealt with by FIA. The official tyre supplier for Formula One, which, effectively, has only 4 months to produce wider and faster tyres for the 2017 seasons has already started its testing program at Fiorano race track. Ferrari has been the first team to try the new 25% wider tyres in a modified Ferrari SF15-T. Leading this testing session from behind the wheels of the vehicle is F1 senior figure Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel, who has been World Champion for 4 times would be trying the tyres all through the day on an artificially dampened circuit using intermediate and wet compounds while Pirelli would be carefully monitoring the performance and collecting all the necessary data to assess the impacts of the new tyre specifications.
Driving duties for the next day would be handed over to Esteban Guiterrez, who was the test and reserve driver for team Ferrari in 2015.
These testing would take place over 20 dates and would see participation from Mercedes and Renault apart from Ferrari. All the testings would be blind and all the data collected would be shared among all the teams of Formula One. Red Bull would be next team, trying Pirelli's 2017 slicks for two days at Mugello, Italy.