At Pirelli they have decided that the best way to continue developing tires for the 2023 F1 World Championship season is on the ground and with all available drivers.
That is why there will be 30 minutes of extra time in the second free session (FP2) of the Japanese and USA Grand Prix to be held on 7 and 21 October.
Free practice sessions usually last 60 minutes, but this time they will last 90 minutes. That’s what Pirelli has agreed with the FIA and Liberty for two grand prix.
Those extra 30 minutes will allow teams to head to the track to test tires for the next season of the F1 World Championship.
This was confirmed by the brand’s sports director Mario Isola.
“He has given us the opportunity to use these FP2 sessions”, “That way we’ll have 20 cars testing different compounds for 2023 at the same time”,
,Teams won’t know exactly what they’re testing,Since the tires will not have visual signs to identify what type of compound it is,
,All this will be very important to us, as next year with 24 races it will be difficult to find available dates to test.,
a complex program
Isola stressed the importance of these tests since the 2023 season, the plethora of visits is going to greatly complicate the logistics.
,I’m not saying it’s impossible for us to find a place with the teams, but for example in Europe the season will be shorter and you can’t ask the teams to stop for reshoots on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.,
The way the tests would be conducted at Suzuka and Austin, he also wanted to be very clear and concise:
,We’re going to show you a work schedule whose mileage is pretty much the same as what you usually do“, Isola said.
,All teams will do the same number of laps with 2023 tyres. We don’t want to change the structure of testing to avoid problems for teams in their planning for the weekend.,
,We are working directly with the people responsible for each team to find the smartest solution for them to test the tyres and not hinder their plans too much.,