Pirelli confirms 3-year Formula One extension
Pirelli has confirmed its expected three-year extension to its tenure as exclusive tyre supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship. The deal was completed over the winter, with both parties working with the teams to agree changes to the technical regulations from 2017, including significant changes to the bodywork and wider tyres.
Pirelli is preparing for these changes through the agreed modifications to tyre testing regulations. It is already testing 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. In addition, 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), will begin in the summer.