Fer­rari and Red Bull test wide boy Pirelli rub­ber ahead of 2017 in­tro­duc­tion

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Red Bull and Fer­rari be­came the first squads to sam­ple Pirelli’s new wider 2017 tyres when they con­ducted blind tyre test­ing last week.

Fer­rari ran the new wet com­pound tyres fit­ted to a mod­i­fied 2015 chas­sis at Fio­rano with Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Este­ban Gu­tier­rez driv­ing. Red Bull then ran Se­bastien Buemi on the slick rub­ber at Mugello for two days.

The tests mark the first four days of Pirelli’s al­lot­ted 24 days of test­ing with the new size cov­ers.

Pirelli mo­tor­sport boss Paul Hem­bery said: “The big chal­lenge now is try­ing to get an un­der­stand­ing of the car, and how close it is in terms of down­force com­pared to what we are go­ing to see next year [with the new reg­u­la­tions al­low­ing larger, wider wings].

“The teams have been given a set of reg­u­la­tions to al­low them to cre­ate a car, but it’s not set they will be able to achieve the re­quired down­force.

“The car doesn’t look like what it’s go­ing to be next year, and that’s the point.

“It’s a hy­brid of a hy­brid, and that was done so they wouldn’t be able to start work­ing on next year’s car.”

New, wider Pirellis made de­but

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