2017 Pirelli tyres to bring ‘sense of power’ to Formula 1


2017 Pirelli tyres - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

The new look 2017 Pirelli tyres will give Formula 1 once more a sense of power, according to Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera.

The new rear tyres are 80mm wider than the tyres currently being used, and their appearance represent a return to a bygone era in the 1980s and 1990s when wider tyres were used within the sport, while the front tyres will also increase in size by 60mm.

The tyres are expected to improve lap times significantly, and Provera is looking forward to seeing them on a car for the first time after impressive results in the wind tunnel.

“They look powerful. They give the sense of power,” said Provera. “The first test made in the wind tunnel they are proving that the outcome can be amazing.

“It’s a major change. Technologically speaking it’s very attractive for us. People are very much involved and willing to deliver the best possible performance and I think these tyres can provide an amazing result, because to improve some tenths of a second you have to do a lot of things on the car and the engine.

“These tyres, we can improve by seconds, which shows you the importance of the tyres. We are the only piece that touches the ground.”