Pirelli to trial 18-inch tyre at Silverstone test
4 July 2014 – Pirelli has announced that it will trial a new 18-inch tyre at next week's in-season Silverstone test.
The Italian manufacturer says it is an idea it has been contemplating since returning to Formula 1 back in 2011, and that a move to the concept would bring the sport more in line with the road car industry.
It reiterated, however, that it is not pushing for change, leaving this area to the teams and respective bodies.
"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."
Lotus is the only team scheduled to test the new tyre on the second day of the two-day gathering.