The brand new, low-profile rubber was initially supposed for introduction this yr. Nevertheless that was pushed again to subsequent season as a cost-saving measure because of the impression of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hamilton has not confirmed whether or not he’ll race on the brand new tyres when they’re launched, as his present Mercedes contract expires on the finish of this yr.
He has beforehand expressed issues that F1’s swap to 18-inch rubber may show a step backwards. “After we go to the larger rim, I’ve heard we lose grip after we go to that tyre,” he said last year.
“I believe what we truly actually need in System 1 is barely much less downforce and extra mechanical grip and a whole lot of that comes from the tyres in order that we are able to observe nearer. Nevertheless it doesn’t appear that we’re stepping into that course.”
His staff mate Valtteri Bottas is because of take over on the monitor tomorrow.
Mercedes will conduct additional moist tyre testing with the 18-inch prototypes at Paul Ricard in Might, adopted by one other dry-track check on the Hungaroring in August. 9 of F1’s 10 groups – all bar Williams – are conducting tests on the new rubber.
Photographs: Pirelli through Twitter
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