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Pirelli confirm tyre test schedule for 2017 spec tyres

From 2017 onwards Pirelli will be introducing a wider tyre in line with the new regulations.

Pirelli have already been carrying out tyre testing with Ferrari and Red Bull but using the current tyre widths with prototype materials and structures. The testing has been carried out at Fiorano and Paul Ricard, and three more circuits are set to join the testing calendar.

There will be ten sessions over 24 days in which the 2017 tyres will be tested, starting with a two day event at Fiorano with Ferrari. This will take place on 1st & 2nd of August on an artificially dampened track to test the intermediate and full wet tyres. On 3rd & 4th August Red Bull will test the slick tyres for the first time at Mugello. The testing will take place using modified 2015 specification cars. Three teams will initially take part in the testing – Ferrari and Red Bull being joined by Mercedes. They will be obliged to share all the data gathered during the tests with all other teams.

The testing schedule will be as follows:

  1. August 1st & 2nd – Ferrari – Fiorano – Wets
  2. August 3rd & 4th – Red Bull – Mugello – Slicks
  3. September 6th & 7th – Ferrari – Barcelona – Slicks
  4. September 6th – 8th – Mercedes – Paul Ricard – Slicks
  5. September 21st & 22nd – Mercedes – Paul Ricard – Wets
  6. October 12th & 13th – Mercedes – Barcelona – Slicks
  7. October 14th – 16th – Red Bull – Abu Dhabi – Slicks
  8. November 2nd & 3rd – Red Bull – Abu Dhabi – Wets
  9. November 14th – 16th – Ferrari – Abu Dhabi – Slicks
  10. November 29th – ALL TEAMS – Abu Dhabi – Both

The test day at Abu Dhabi at the end of the season will see all 11 teams get to trial the 2017 spec tyres – which will be 60mm wider for the front tyres and 80mm wider for the rear tyres – to validate the data from the previous tests.


As well as the aforementioned specific tyre test dates the following tests will also take place:

  1. 12th & 13th July – Mercedes – Silverstone – Slicks
  2. 16th July – Ferrari – Fiorano – Wets
  3. 18th & 19th July – Red Bull – Vallelunga – Slicks

These are with the prototype 2016 spec tyres, and not the 2017 tyres. Mercedes will carry out this testing during the official Silverstone test at which ten other teams will be present.


2012: Mugello Test: Statistics

Number of laps (by driver)

DRIVER 1 2            Total
Nico Rosberg 49 129 178
Sebastian Vettel 64 106 170
Romain Grosjean 97 66 163
Michael Schumacher 5 144 149
Timo Glock 37 110 147
Fernando Alonso 46 98 144
Daniel Ricciardo 22 117 139
Heikki Kovalainen 139 139
Kamui Kobayashi 48 87 135
Oliver Turvey 30 99 129
Sergio Perez 118 118
Vitaly Petrov 112 112
Felipe Massa 106 106
Bruno Senna 100 100
Jean-Eric Vergne 32 65 97
Charles Pic 45 46 91
Mark Webber 24 54 78
Pastor Maldonado 64 64
Gary Paffett 4 59 63
Nico Hulkenberg 55 55
Paul di Resta 14 34 48
Rodolfo Gonzalez 35 35
Valtteri Bottas 28 28
Jules Bianchi 19 19

Nico Rosberg completed the most laps over the test while Force India test driver Jules Bianchi completed the fewest. Of drivers who completed two days of testing it was Paul di Resta with the fewest laps, while Heikki Kovalainen leads the way of those drivers who took part in only one day. The fewest amount of laps on one day of any driver was Gary Paffett with four (on day one when it rained) while Michael Schumacher completed 144 on one day of testing. Five current race drivers – Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan – were not in attendance.

Number of laps (by team)

Mercedes 54 144 129 327
Caterham 35 112 139 286
Sauber 48 87 118 253
Ferrari 46 106 98 250
Red Bull 24 118 106 248
Marussia 45 83 110 238
Toro Rosso 32 87 117 236
Lotus 40 97 66 203
McLaren 34 59 99 192
Williams 28 100 63 191
Force India 19 14 89 122

Mercedes are the team leading the way in terms of laps completed, completing 41 more laps than Caterham, who were second. Force India completed the fewest number of laps as they were confined for most of the second day due to reliability problems. Three teams – McLaren, Williams and Force India – completed fewer than 200 laps over the three day period.

Fastest lap-time (by driver)

Romain Grosjean 1:21.035
Sebastian Vettel 1:21.267
Fernando Alonso 1:21.363
Kamui Kobayashi 1:21.603
Daniel Ricciardo 1:21.604
Mark Webber 1:21.997
Sergio Perez 1:22.229
Felipe Massa 1:22.257
Nico Hulkenberg 1:22.325
Jean-Eric Vergne 1:22.422
Pastor Maldonado 1:22.497
Nico Rosberg 1:22.579
Oliver Turvey 1:22.662
Paul di Resta 1:23.002
Heikki Kovalainen 1:23.169
Michael Schumacher 1:23.404
Timo Glock 1:23.466
Charles Pic 1:23.982
Jerome d’Ambrosio 1:24.048
Vitaly Petrov 1:24.312
Gary Paffett 1:24.480
Bruno Senna 1:24.482
Jules Bianchi 1:25.475
Rodolfo Gonzalez 1:27.197
Valtteri Bottas 1:29.179

Romain Grosjean topped the times on the second and third days of the test. Day one was predominantly wet and as always the track evolved from day to day meaning that drivers testing on the last day had a slight advantage in terms of fastest laps as the track was at its best and fastest.

Fastest lap-time (by team)

Lotus 1:21.035
Red Bull 1:21.267
Ferrari 1:21.363
Sauber 1:21.603
Toro Rosso 1:21.604
Force India 1:22.325
Williams 1:22.497
Mercedes 1:22.579
McLaren 1:22.662
Caterham 1:23.169
Marussia 1:23.466

Lotus were the fastest team of the three days with Marussia setting the slowest lap time. The field was covered by 2.4s.


Number of teams in attendance: 11
Number of drivers in attendance: 24
Number of 2012 race drivers: 19/24
Number of test drivers: 5
Number of hours testing per day: 9
Busiest day: Day 3 (1134 laps)
Total number of laps completed: 2546
Largest field spread: Day 1 (+28.454s – rain)
Smallest field spread: Day 3 (+2.431s)

2012: Mugello Test


A wet day at Mugello compromised running on the first day of testing. Nico Rosberg completed the most laps while Gary Paffett completed the fewest after splitting the running with fellow McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey. Mercedes were another team who split the running but Michael Schumacher was restricted to just 5 installation laps due to the weather. Times can be followed through day two here.


A dry day allowed teams to complete a huge 602 more laps than they had collectively managed on day one. Michael Schumacher completed the most laps with 144 while Paul di Resta completed the fewest with only 14 with the team reporting on Twitter that they spent most of the day in the garage rectifying  reliability problems. Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Marussia split the running between their two drivers. Kamui Kobayashi’s fastest lap time was set in the very dying moments of the day to equal Romain Grosjean. Tomorrow is the third and final day.


The final day of testing ended with Romain Grosjean yet again topping the time sheets.  Ferrari were running a revised back end and lost two hours when Fernando Alonso had a moment and ended up in the turn 12 barrier.  Force India were the only team to split the running today and it was their driver Paul di Resta who completed the least laps with a total of 34.  Heikki Kovalainen was the busiest man on the final day completing 139 laps of the Mugello circuit.

Mugello Test Preview: 1st-3rd May 2012

After four competitive races, the Formula One teams and drivers are heading to Mugello for the first in-season test since 2008. HRT have chosen not to attend the event, instead focusing on their move to Madrid and bringing upgrades to their car for the Spanish GP, which takes place the week after the test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. Every other team will be in attendance – some with race drivers, some with test drivers, some with both – as the test provides a chance for test and reserve drivers to get some driving under their belt. The likes of Valtteri Bottas (Williams) and Jules Bianchi (Force India) get Friday Practice running but will also be fielded by their respective teams in Mugello. McLaren have chosen to bring only Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, instead of their race drivers.

Teams and drivers in attendance

Red Bull: Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel
McLaren: Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Mercedes: Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg
Lotus: Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean and Jerome d’Ambrosio
Force India: Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg and Jules Bianchi
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso: Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne
Williams: Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas
Caterham: Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov and Rodolfo Gonzalez
Marussia: Timo Glock and Charles Pic

The test will run for three days (from Tuesday – Thursday) with the following driver schedule:

Red Bull: Webber, Webber/Vettel, Vettel
McLaren: Turvey/Paffett, Turvey, Paffett
Ferrari: Alonso, Massa, Alonso
Mercedes: Rosberg/Schumacher, Schumacher, Rosberg
Lotus: d’Ambrosio, Räikkönen, Grosjean
Force India: Bianchi, di Resta, Hulkenberg
Sauber: Kobayashi, Kobayashi, Perez
Toro Rosso: Vergne, Vergne/Ricciardo, Ricciardo
Williams: Bottas, Senna, Maldonado
Caterham: Gonzalez, Petrov, Kovalainen
Marussia: Pic, Pic/Glock, Glock

This test will give teams the chance to test upgrades before Formula One heads to Spain for the start of the European season. The season has provided exciting and unpredictable racing so far and it is hard to pinpoint an exact pecking order. McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull have all won a race with Lotus and Sauber also finishing on the podium. The Pirelli tyre choices and tyre degradation have added to the unpredictability as well as the usual weather aspect. Last time out McLaren, who had led the early phase of the championship, seemed to lose their way slightly, with Red Bull and Lotus proving extra competitive in the race. With both of their test drivers in attendance, McLaren will hope to get their car ideally set-up for Spain, with direct comparison between the simulator and on track driving. Ferrari have had a mixed start to the season but an in-season test could be just what they need. They have won one race the season, but the general consensus is the Bahrain result (7th and 10th) could be where the car stands in relation to everyone else. They will hope to solve their problems or at least start to. Red Bull haven’t had the same dominance they have enjoyed in recent seasons, however a race win in Bahrain will have buoyed their confidence. Lotus look genuinely fast while Sauber’s form has been up and down. Caterham made it through to Q2 in Bahrain with Heikki Kovalainen while Mercedes were unable to repeat their Chinese GP result. Williams are bringing all three drivers to the test, and as Valtteri Bottas has already enjoyed some free practice running in the car, he is already familiar with it. Marussia have had six finishes from eight starts which is promising for the team.

As usual times will be posted at the end of each day of testing.