Formula One's sole tyre manufacturer Pirelli has announced at the Red Bull Ring that it will test a new rear construction of tyre in free practice at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Pirelli stressed that the decision was taken in agreement with the FIA, Formula 1 and the teams with the test set to take place in free practice at the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday 2 July to evaluate its effectiveness to further improve robustness of the tyres.
This decision has been taken in addition to the recently issued technical directive and the latest starting parameters prescribed by Pirelli, in light of the fact that it is not currently possible to monitor running conditions in real time. This will change next year when standard Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors will be introduced across all teams.
Formula One will stay at the Red Bull Ring that hosts the Austrian Grand Prix next weekend. On next Friday, each driver will have two sets of the new tyres available for use during either free practice session. If the test is successful, the new rear specification will be introduced from the British Grand Prix onwards, replacing the current specification. The new rear construction incorporates some elements that have been developed for use in the latest 18-inch Formula 1 tyres from 2022.
In its statement, Pirelli stated that this new structure "can guarantee even greater levels of integrity under the extreme conditions that can be generated by the current cars."