Pirelli showcased its full range of Formula 1 tires for the 2017 season in Abu Dhabi on Thursday as its extensive testing program nears its conclusion.
As part of the revised technical regulations for next season, Pirelli will provide wider compounds to all teams that will help reduce lap times and increase grip levels.
The front tires shift from 245mm to 305mm in width, while the rears will move from 325mm to 405mm, making the compounds around 25% wider than in 2016.
All of the tires have been tested through 2016 by Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, with the final round of running set to take place next week in Abu Dhabi.
“We’ve made huge steps forward since trying the new tires out for the first time at the beginning of August and we’re pleased by the results obtained with the majority of the specifications,” Pirelli chief Paul Hembery said.
“We know however that the work is just beginning. The aerodynamic progress made by next year’s cars will lower lap times by around five seconds compared to 2015, and about three seconds compared to this year.
“The new cars that will take to the track for the first time in February will have a downforce increase of more than 20 per cent: much more than we have seen with the mule cars. And that progress will continue throughout the whole of next season.
“So the next phase of our development, aimed at 2018 when the cars will be faster still, already begins in February.”