SILVERSTONE, 4th July 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Pirelli will test a new 18-inch tyre design at the Silverstone test next week.
Lotus will run the 18-inch concept tyres on this years on car on Wednesday.
Pirellli say the idea behind the bigger wheels is because 13 inch tyres, which are currently used by Formula One cars, are not relevant to road cars.
“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.” Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s director of motorsport, said.
“While 18-inch tyres would be a big step for Formula One, there are many other motorsport series that already use this size.”
Hembrey stressed that the Italian tyre manufacturer were not pushing this decision, but said it was their job to help teams get the best out of the resources available.
“we’d like to emphasise that this move is not something that we are actively pushing for, as our role in Formula One is not to instigate changes.” he said.
“Instead, it’s to help teams and drivers make the most out of the equipment, regulations and resources they have at their disposal,”
Maurizio Boiocchi, Pirelli’s head of research and development, said the tyre Lotus will use next week is more about aesthetics than performance, but Pirelli could have a production-ready example available in months.
“The tyre you will see next week is principally designed to demonstrate aesthetics rather than performance.” Boiocchi said.
“But the speed of our reaction means that we could have a production-ready example within months if required.”