#F1 @PirelliSport continue tyre tests in Spain & France #Fit4F1 #F1Testing

Testing and development of Pirelli’s new 2017-sized tyres is continuing this week, with Ferrari and Mercedes in action at Barcelona and Paul Ricard respectively, using adapted mule cars designed to simulate 2017 levels of downforce.

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The new tyres are 25% wider than the current tyres at both the front and rear: part of a package of measures being introduced to make next year’s cars notably faster. In 2017, the slick tyre sizes will be 305/670-13 (front) and 405/670-13 (rear).

Intermediate’s diameter will be 675mm. Full wet diameter will be 680mm.

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Kimi Raikkonen took the wheel for Ferrari today, with Sebastian Vettel due to take over tomorrow in their two-day test. Mercedes is at Paul Ricard for three days, with Pascal Wehrlein driving on each day.

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The P Zero slick tyres are the focus for both teams during this week’s two sessions. The test programme, evaluating new compounds and constructions, will then continue later this month.

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111 laps were completed by Ferrari and 134 laps by Mercedes today with no issues, in conditions that remained warm and dry at both venues.

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