Pirelli states that, they will test a brand new 18-inch tyre compound at post-race test at Silverstone. F1 presently using 13 inch tyres and The Italian manufacturer is keen to offer 18-inch tyres as an option for the future.
Lotus F1 is the only team scheduled to test the new tyre on the second day of post-race test at Silverstone on next week.
“The 13-inch tyre is no longer relevant to the everyday road user, because even an 18-inch tyre is used by standard vehicles these days,” said Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery.
“While 18-inch tyres would be a big step for Formula 1, there are many other motorsport series that already use this size. So there’s scope to go even bigger than that in Formula 1 in years to come. In order to underline F1’s role as a test bed for future mobility solutions, we believe that it benefits everybody to have as close a link between road car tyres and competition tyres as possible: a belief we have held ever since we introduced the low profile tyre from competition to road use back in the 1970s.
“However, we’d like to emphasise that this move is not something that we are actively pushing for, as our role in Formula 1 is not to instigate changes. Instead, it’s to help teams and drivers make the most out of the equipment, regulations and resources they have at their disposal – whatever they decide that framework is going to be.”