Pirelli will permit groups to check a brand new rear tire development throughout follow for the Austrian Grand Prix, with the view of racing it from Silverstone onwards.
Tire failures for Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll in Azerbaijan led to an investigation after criticism from some groups, and Pirelli discovered that the working situations of the tire was the trigger. Whereas the Italian producer stopped wanting blaming Crimson Bull and Aston Martin, it led to a technical directive that outlined how a tire have to be run, in addition to a rise in tire pressures.
This yr’s entrance tires are a brand new development however the rears have been unchanged because of modifications to the ground rules, however Pirelli will now take a look at an up to date development that’s extra strong throughout Friday follow in Austria subsequent week.
“We’re offering two units per automobile of the prototypes.” Pirelli motorsport boss Mario Isola stated. “It’s within the rules from final yr, if we wish to take a look at a brand new prototype tire throughout Friday follow we will ship a request to the FIA. It’s the identical prototype, two units per automobile, and so they can be utilized in FP1 or FP2.
“The brand new development is designed to run at a decrease stress than the present one, as a result of by being extra strong you may run it at a decrease stress.”
The brand new development additionally incorporates some parts which have been developed to be used within the 18-inch tires that might be launched subsequent season.
“Clearly what occurred in Baku was proof that we had some parameters not utterly beneath management, which is why he have the TD, and the opposite motion was to think about the likelihood to introduce and consider completely different and extra strong development. That was simply an thought, then we had a glance again at what we did on the finish of final yr when it comes to improvement and there was the concept to check this development. So it’s giving us extra margin, mainly.”
If the take a look at is profitable, Pirelli will introduce the brand new development from the British Grand Prix onwards. If moist climate prevents the take a look at from happening, then the take a look at could be delayed additional as a result of a Dash Qualifying trial at Silverstone means groups solely have one Friday follow session within the morning earlier than the qualifying session for the Dash will happen within the afternoon.