Pirelli test 18-inch and 2020 tyres with Ocon and Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin and Esteban Ocon completed two days of Pirelli tyre-testing at Paul Ricard ahead with the Russian in the cockpit of a special 2018 test car supplied by Renault.

Ocon, Renault’s driver next year, was on duty in a Mercedes as part of the development programme of the current 13-inch tyre that will be used next season for a final time in the top flight.

Looking back on the test, Pirelli F1 boss, Mario Isola reported, “We were delighted to open up a brand new chapter at Paul Ricard, with the debut for our 18-inch tyres – which will change the face of Formula 1 – taking place alongside our latest development test for next year’s 13-inch tyres.

“Renault provided a 2018 mule car for the 18-inch test, with Sergey Sirotkin driving to mark this historic moment. We completed our planned programme as expected, covering 213 laps with the 18-inch tyres over two days. This was very useful for us to take a first look at the new generation of tyres and start shaping the development path that we will follow for the remainder of this year and next year.

“Of course, it is hard to read too much into this test as these are still very early days, but we have accumulated all the preliminary data that we wanted in good weather conditions, so thank you very much to Renault and to Sergey for their availability. With the 13-inch 2020 tyres, we covered 212 laps over the two days thanks to Esteban Ocon and Mercedes.

“The work consisted of assessing a range of prototype slick tyres, as we begin to finalise next year’s specification: the last season of 13-inch tyres before we move on to 18 inches in 2021,” added Isola.