Paul Ricard – 18-inch tyre test

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING: “We were delighted to open up a brand new chapter at Paul Ricard, with the debut for our 18-inch tires – which will change the face of Formula 1 – taking place alongside our latest development test for next year’s 13-inch tires. Renault provided a 2018 mule car for the 18-inch test, with Sergey Sirotkin driving to mark this historic moment. We completed our planned program as expected, covering 213 laps with the 18-inch tires over two days. This was very useful for us to take a first look at the new generation of tires 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 tires, we covered 212 laps over the two days thanks to Esteban Ocon and Mercedes. The work consisted of assessing a range of prototype slick tires, as we begin to finalize next year’s specification: the last season of 13-inch tires before we move on to 18 inches in 2021.”

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