Vergne gives thumbs up to Pirelli’s 2017 tire developments

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BERLIN, Germany – Jean-Eric Vergne was impressed by Pirelli’s tire developments for the 2017 Formula 1 season after completing a test at Fiorano with Ferrari earlier this month.

Pirelli has been given new guidelines to meet with its compounds for next season, and received the green light to complete 25 days of testing to ensure that the demands are satisfied.

Vergne completed a test with a 2014-spec Ferrari car at Fiorano at the beginning of the month, but said that the pictures circulating on social media of him testing that showed the tires to be far wider than those currently used were fake.

“It was only the compound so the images you see were photoshopped,” Vergne confirmed to NBC Sports in Berlin, before sharing his thoughts on the first run with the prototype tires.

“We’re going to have more tests going on with Pirelli and Ferrari,” Vergne said.

“Definitely some good things. Pirelli are working well to give good tires.

“I’m confident things will be great for next season tire-wise.”

Vergne moved into the role of reserve driver at Ferrari for 2016 after Esteban Gutierrez’s move to Haas, and also races in Formula E with DS Virgin Racing.