Pirelli will remain as the exclusive tyre supplier to the F1 world championship for a further three years from the end of 2016 having agreed terms with the FIA to extend the current contract from 2017 to 2019.
This deal was completed over the winter, during which the FIA and Pirelli – in collaboration with the teams – agreed important changes to the technical regulations, but has only now had all details confirmed sufficiently to make the deal public.
From 2017, the various parties have agreed on new technical regulations, including significant changes to the bodywork and wider tyres. To prepare for this overhaul, , Pirelli put forward the need to modify the sporting regulations regarding tyre testing to the teams and the FIA, with the resulting modification meaning that the following tyre tests can take place this year:
1. Tests with 2012, 2013 or 2014-specification cars, using tyres in the current size but with prototype elements (in the constructions or compounds) to prepare for 2017.
2. A total of 25 days of testing with modified 2015 cars, using prototype tyres in 2017 size: 305/670-13 at the front and 405/670-13 at the rear (for slick tyres).
The testing described in point one is already underway, based on an agreement with the FIA and the teams, while testing with 2017-sized tyres will start during the summer, according to a programme that has been agreed between the FIA and the participating teams.