Pirelli is busy still preparing for 2022. This will be the first year Formula 1 will use 18-inch wheels. Red Bull and Aston Martin will be active at Silverstone on Tuesday- Wednesday.
Pirelli, the tire supplier, has created a comprehensive test program for new rubber in preparation for the Formula 1 season. After tests in Jerez, Bahrain, Imola, Barcelona, Le Castellet and Spielberg, there will be two days of testing this week at Silverstone. There was the British Grand Prix last weekend, won by Lewis Hamilton.
On Tuesday, three teams will start the two-day testing. The three teams are in front of Aston MartinOn Haas F1 TeamTheir drivers will get to experience the 2022 prototype tires for the first-time. Both teams will use their regular race drivers to test the tires. For Tuesday’s tire test, Nikita Mazepin will be behind the wheel of Haas while Sebastian Vettel will drive the Aston Martin car at Silverstone. Also Red Bull RacingAlexander Albon has been retested with tires to fit the 18-inch wheels.
Unfortunately, the Austrian team was not present for the second day of testing at this historic British circuit. Only Aston Martin and Haas will be in action on Wednesday. Each team will have a different driver on that day. Lance Stroll replaces Vettel at Aston Martin while Mazepin takes the wheel from Mick Schumacher.
Four more days of testing on the new Pirelli rubber are scheduled after the Silverstone tire test. The last days of testing on slicks is scheduled for the 3rd and 4th August, immediately after the Hungarian GP. Magny-Cours will host two more testing days in September, after which the prototypes for the wet tires can be tested.