Following the F1 Strategy group meeting where Pirelli were given clearance to develop wet weather tyre compounds for the 2018 season using previous car specifications, the Italian tyre manufacturers say that more track time is needed to maximise development.
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Asking for 2015 machinery for testing despite the lack of downforce and the usage of smaller rim sizes, Pirelli believe they could benefit from testing.
Wet weather testing for 2018 has already been scheduled for Pirelli with Red Bull at Paul Ricard on May 31 and June 1, and with McLaren at Magny-Cours from July 19-20, but Pirelli want more.
“That was a request from us”, said the boss of Pirelli F1 Mario Isola talking to motorsport.com about their plans, “Because we believe that we can have a few additional sessions for wets and intermediates, where we can test some ideas on previous cars and older sizes.”
“Of course we have some baselines, so we can compare the new ideas to the baselines, and have some indication for the development of the current sizes”, explained.
However, Mario Isola is aware of the compromise.
F1 cars have changed since 2015 and he acknowledged this when he said : “It is different, we have different cars, we have different downforce, we have different sizes, but in some specific areas we can test some new solutions and get some important feedback to address the development of the 2018 tyres.
“As we are limited with the number of days with the current cars, we can make some preparation work with the previous cars in order then to go and test a reduced number of prototypes on the current cars.
“The idea is to test something on the previous cars to give us a direction, and then to reduce the number of options on the current cars.”
Do I think it is a mistake testing with the 2015 cars again? Yes I do. But at the end of the day, Pirelli is all we have and tyres are so very important. So if they think they can get something positive out of this programme and if they’re paying for the additional test days, yeah of course do it.
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