Formula 1 official tyre supplier Pirelli has declared that Renault R30 will be its new test car. Previously Italian tyre maker used 2009 Toyota F1 car.
Renault R30 will run with a carbon fiber black Pirelli livery and the test team will be run by Pirelli with no team member connected to a existing F1 team.
“It was clear from an early point that we needed a more modern solution for our test car, as while the Toyota TF109 has served us extremely well, it is now three years old,” Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said.
“Technology as well as the regulations have moved on considerably since then, and the Toyota is no longer able to generate the same sort of forces that we need to simulate in order to meet the current requirements of Formula 1.
“At the top of our agenda is the need to treat the teams entirely equally, which is why the test team will be run independently and all the teams will be able to send an observer to the tests.
“Our new test car will be running to current fuel regulations, with no refuelling, so we will be able to simulate a full race distance and the change in balance with the car and tyres.”
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