Pirelli sets wheels in motion for 19 inch F1 tyres

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Pirelli is already setting the wheels in motion for new 19-inch tyres for the future of Formula One.

The Italian tyre manufacturer has already tested its 18-inch concept tyres at Silverstone, but now its motorsport director has revealed it has even bigger plans.

Paul Hembery revealed after the test at Silverstone last month that it could be ready to switch to 18-inch tyres in 2016, but now he has admitted that Pirelli is doing more work on 19-inch tyres, as opposed to 18-inch.

“We are doing a lot of work – probably focusing on 19-inch now, if I am really honest with you,” Hembery confirmed. “We are carrying on our work internally on those developments and so from our point of view it goes ahead.”

Hembery also revealed that if the sport does agree for a change, Pirelli’s preference would be to jump straight up to 19-inch tyres. According to crash.net he explained: “18-inch tyres we have got everywhere and 19 is different”.

As for width, he added: “It is too early to say. I think that depends on what package of aero changes they are going to make and what they think they might do with the suspension. We have heard talk of some form of active suspension. I am not sure if that is going to happen or not. But there is a lot of aspects they are talking about which could change what we do with that.”

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