Lowe in favour of Bahrain 2017 testing

19 October 2016

Paddy Lowe, executive director (technical) at Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, has detailed why Formula 1 pre-season testing should take place in Bahrain.

The changes to the Formula 1 2017 technical regulations are being reported as the biggest technical shakeup in recent history with Lowe describing it as, “the biggest change in tyre regulations probably for one or two decades”.

Pirelli has requested the FIA to support pre-season testing in Bahrain, due to the high demands 2017 tyres will be faced with. The reason for the request is that the only track time 2017 cars will have with the new Pirelli tyres currently would be during winter testing in Europe where conditions contrast greatly to the opening race of the season in Australia.

“The structure of the tyre is created and tested in the lab but [with] the compounds they can only evaluate in real circuit conditions,” Lowe explained. “Unfortunately the mule car programme has delivered three cars which are very helpful to the process but they are not delivering the level of aerodynamic load that will be seen next year.”

Lowe revealed that he was in favour of supporting Pirelli’s request in order to prevent a repeat of Indianapolis 2005.

“For me it’s a matter of supporting Pirelli’s request to contain the risk of arriving at the first race as being the first event with hot conditions and there’s real risk to the show,” he added. “We’ve seen what can happen, for example, in Indianapolis 2005. We mustn’t forget that we need to put on a show, we need to run a 300-kilometre race with sensible numbers of tyres.”


Latest issue

FREE Newsletter

Stay up to date and a chance to win 1 Years Subscription*

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Tweets

Stay up to date with our social world

RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
15 Oct
The November issue of RACE TECH out now. @BTCC #hybrid #Rally powerhouse M-Sport stunned rivals by winning the deal…
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
15 Oct
Don't miss the latest issue out now. Inside you'll find: #Porsche Misson R. All-electric GT racecar concept reveals…
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
7 Oct
Discover new business opportunities and collaborative partners at #MIACTS2021! ⏳Less than 1 week to go – registrat…
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
7 Oct
Red Bull and Honda create new motorsport partnership -
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
6 Oct
Alpine commits four years to FIA WEC’s Hypercar category from 2024 -
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
5 Oct
📣 Under 2 weeks until #MIACTS2021 – make sure you’ve registered your free place at this industry only B2B event! 🎫…
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
4 Oct
October issue FREE here for a limited time only Powertrain Peril | #hydrogen | The wildest…
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
1 Oct
The future of powertrain technologies in the spotlight in #motorsport Experts warn why we must avoid short-term thi…