World Motor Sport Council allows for more Pirelli 2017 testing

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Ahead of a finalizing of the 2017 regulations for Formula 1, the World Motor Sport Council has allowed tire partner Pirelli to undertake more testing than originally scheduled.

It’s a changing to two articles in the Sporting Regulations, Articles 10.2 and 10.6, to allow for the extra testing.

Here is the statement from the FIA, out Wednesday:

The World Motor Sport Council today approved changes to Articles 10.2 and 10.6 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations in order to provide the appointed tyre supplier additional opportunities to undertake testing in preparation for the 2017 season.

The further testing was deemed to be essential for the purpose of developing the new tyre sizes permitted by the 2017 F1 Technical Regulations.

The changes will allow 25 car days of testing with current cars, fitted with 2017 tyre sizes, in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to test prototype 2017 tyres (in 2016 sizes) on 2013 or 2014 cars – these tests on older cars only apply in 2016.