Aug.10 (GMM) Pirelli chief Paul Hembery has revealed he is pushing for track testing to take place in warmer locations, admitting Bahrain would be “ideal”.
Recently at Hockenheim, team officials indicated that even with the cars and tyres changing dramatically for 2017, they were not too keen on doing more testing away from the cold temperatures of the European winter.
“I think there’s some mule (modified) car testing that’s going to happen in Abu Dhabi which traditionally has been hot,” said Force India’s Otmar Szafnauer.
“As long as Pirelli share all the data equally, we’re happy for that to happen and I’m sure the tyres will be fine for the start of winter testing.”
But Pirelli’s Hembery said: “From the perspective of the tyre manufacturer, it would be better to go to a warm place at that point in time (winter testing).
“In recent years, we tested in Bahrain which gave us a very clear indication of tyre performance.
“I recognise that the teams believe this is a financial penalty, but we are in a sport in which hundreds of millions are spent. A test in Bahrain would be a big step for us to let us know where we’ll be for the season,” he is quoted by Brazil’s UOL Grande Premio.
30/09/2016 Vettel not yet impressed with 2017 tyres Sep.30 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has admitted he is not yet overly impressed with Pirelli's new tyres for 2017. Ferrari, as well as Mercedes and Red Bull, have been helping the Italian […]
11/01/2016 Three teams named for Pirelli test Jan.11 (GMM) Only three teams will be in action later this month as Pirelli develops its wet-weather F1 tyres. F1's official supplier on Monday announced that Ferrari, Red Bull and […]
04/09/2016 2017 pre-season test dates emerge Sep.4 (GMM) The 2017 calendar is really starting to take shape, as the dates for the pre-season test schedule now emerge in the Monza paddock. Earlier, it was suggested Pirelli wanted […]
24/09/2015 Teams still arguing over Pirelli tyre test Sep.24 (GMM) F1 teams are reportedly still arguing over whether Pirelli's new 'ultra soft' compound for the 2016 season will be tested in Abu Dhabi after the November season finale. Paul […]
25/11/2016 2017 to be ‘transition year’ for tyres – Hembery Nov.25 (GMM) Pirelli says it regards 2017 as a transition year as the sport adapts to the radically different technical regulations. In Abu Dhabi, F1's official supplier unveiled the […]
10/02/2017 Vettel bruised after Fiorano crash Feb.10 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel got his 2017 season off to a bad start this week by crashing. Although official testing doesn't begin for another two weeks, the German was at the wheel of […]
15/02/2017 Pirelli wants wet track for Barcelona test Feb.15 (GMM) F1's official tyre supplier wants a full day of official winter testing to take place on a wet track. There will be only eight days of official running in Barcelona before […]
06/07/2016 Pirelli, Ferrari set date for 2017 tyre test Jul.6 (GMM) The first date for Pirelli's track testing for its bigger and wider 2017 tyres has reportedly been set. Speed Week reports that the first of 24 days in total with […]