Pirelli ready to supply 18-inch tyres by 2016
9 July 2014 – Pirelli says it would be ready to supply Formula 1 teams with 18-inch tyres from the 2016 season.
The Italian manufacturer trialled the concept on the second and final day of the post-British Grand Prix gathering, with Lotus third driver Charles Pic completing a total of 14 laps throughout the morning.
While 2017 had been earmarked as the date for a potential switch to larger wheels, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery has explained that it would be possible for the company to make the change a year earlier.
"The regulations are talking about 2017 at the moment but we'd feel ready for 2016 if they wanted to bring it forward a year," Hembery told the gathered media at Silverstone, including GPUpdate.net.
"We'll supply people in the Strategy Group and F1 commission with images and they can make a decision."
Hembery said the test was more about confirming suspected traits, instead of evaluating performance.
"We confirmed what we knew – the front tyre will create a very aggressive turn-in," he explained.
"We know that there will be big variations in pressure until we do some more detailed studies and we know that there will be a lot of sensitivity to camber. [There will be] things to work on if this is where the sport goes."