Pirelli and Formula One racing extend partnership to 2019
Pirelli has announced it will remain the exclusive tire supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship for three more years after this season is complete. The Italian tire manufacturer and the FIA have extended their current contract from 2017 to 2019.
The deal was negotiated over the winter, during which time the FIA, Pirelli and competing teams agreed to changes in technical regulations. The changes include significant modifications to the bodywork and wider tires that will begin in 2017.
Due to the changes, tire tests will take place this year, including tests with 2012, 2013 or 2014-specification cars, using tires in the current size but with prototype elements (in the constructions or compounds) to prepare for 2017. Also taking place this year is testing with modified 2015 cars, using prototype tires in 2017 size: 305/670-13 at the front and 405/670-13 at the rear (for slick tires).
The first test is underway, and the second test will start during the summer, according to Pirelli.