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Pirelli to use 2010 Renault car

by Ravi Ved Pics: Dppi Posted on April 11, 2012 20:20 IST 184 Views

Pirelli will use Renault's R30 as their test car for the 2012 season of Formula 1

Pirelli to use 2010 Renault car


Official Tyre supplier for Formula 1, Pirelli recently announced that they will be using the Renault R30 for testing their tyres instead of the Toyota TF109 test car. The 2010 Renault car will be tailored to suit the aerodynamic and technical regulations of 2012.


Pirelli has been using the Toyota TF109 since the time it officially signed as the tyre supplier for Formula 1, but the car no longer generates enough downforce, and is also not capable of doing complete race distance in a single full tank of fuel since it was raced on when in-race refuelling was legal.


"Technology as well as the regulations have moved on considerably since then, and the Toyota is no longer able to generate the same sort of forces that we need to simulate in order to meet the current requirements of Formula One," said Pirelli Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery


With a single run of official in-season permitted by the FIA, at Mugello in May, a test programme with a significantly contemporary car will bring a lot of perspective in Pirelli’s tyre development for the rest of the season.

With the intention to be completely impartial, the Italian manufacturer will allow one representative from every team to witness every test and the car will be run solely by Pirelli. Although the Toyota car served the company well in manufacturing its tyres, it is now three years old, and keeping in mind the regulation changes, it is a smart move from F1’s official tyre supplier to switch to a more contemporary car.

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