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F1 teams reject new Pirelli tyres

11 December 2019

Formula 1 teams have rejected the new Pirelli 18- inch tyres for the 2020 season, opting to stay with the 2019 specification tyres instead.

Following recent testing in Abu Dhabi, according to Article 12.6.1 of the technical regulations, Formula 1 teams unanimously voted to keep the 2019 specification tyres for next season.

By keeping the current tyres will allow teams to continue the development of their 2020 cars – which are already at an advanced stage – uninterrupted. The use of the 2019 tyres also guarantees the teams stability, with the advantage of using a well-known product during the final season of the current regulations. It will also mean teams will no longer have to modify the designs of their 2020 cars, which would otherwise have been necessary to accommodate the different profile of the 2020 tyre construction.

However, Pirelli will continue to develop the 18-inch era from 2021, which would allow lower tyre pressures than those used at the moment to be run. As a result, they are able to compensate for the increased performance expected from the next generation of cars.

These new solutions seen on the 18-inch tyres that will be used from 2021 onwards, with the first on-track tests in this size have already shown positive results.

The development test campaign with 18-inch tyres for 2021 onwards will continue throughout 2020, beginning in February with Ferrari at Jerez in Spain.

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