Pirelli motorsport announced on Friday that the FIA (Formula One’s governing body) have extended their contract with the Italian tyre manufacturer which will see Pirelli act as the sole supplier of tyres to Formula One up until the end of the 2019 season.
The deal which Pirelli have confirmed was concluded over the winter includes a number of provisions such as tyre testing taking place this year.
- Tests with 2012, 2013 or 2014-specification cars, using tyres in the current size but with prototype elements (in the constructions or compounds) to prepare for 2017.
- A total of 25 days of testing with modified 2015 cars, using prototype tyres in 2017 size: 305/670-13 at the front and 405/670-13 at the rear (for slick tyres).
The testing described in point one is already underway, based on an agreement with the FIA and the teams.
Testing of the new 2017 specification tyre will begin later this summer following an agreement between Pirelli, the FIA and participating teams.