Pirelli announced this Monday the test schedule that it has planned with the teams of Formula 1 to perform tests and collect data on the new tires that will be released in 2022, from 18 inch, which will be implemented within the major change in regulations that have already been published for next year’s single-seaters.
Pirelli has programmed a total of 10 test sessions and a total of 28 effective days together with nine teams of Formula 1 to prepare for the next campaign, a calendar that is subject to modifications derived from the pandemic.
The development of these covers started in 2019, before suffering a one-year hiatus as a result of the Covid-19. The testing phase has restarted in 2021 with a varied program that includes days dedicated to dry tires (seven sessions) and wet tires (three more), some of which in days after the celebration of a Grand Prix.
In total, 20 test days will be held throughout 2021, although many of them will have more than one car, so in reality the real figure would be 28 (22 on dry and 6 on wet track).
Among them, it is worth noting the 3 days of testing that Ferrari has already carried out in Jerez with Sainz and Leclerc, and that the team of Maranello will shoot again on March 30 in Bahrain, after the first race of the season, in dry conditions. Just the next two days, March 31 and April 1, it will be the turn of Alpine, current team of Fernando Alonso. The French team will test these tires again on May 11 at Barcelona, although it is unknown if the Oviedo will be in charge of shooting, and will also carry out another test in September, in Magny Cours, in the wet.
“We were eager to resume our testing schedule with 18-inch tires, halted by the pandemic in 2020 and surely affected, at some point, by these circumstances in 2021. But if it happens, we have an alternative program. In any case, we have designed a calendar that will allow us to quickly catch up with the tests already carried out in 2019 and finish defining the specification of the new tires that will lead the regulatory change in 2022 “said Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola.
“I thank all the teams from these lines for their support and for providing us with simulation data and test cars, which have given us a good base from which to start. This sort of ‘parallel development world’ began in Jerez with Ferrari last week and will end in Magny-Cours in September with the Alpine team, ”added the Italian manager of the sole supplier of Formula 1 tires.