Pirelli gets extra wet-tire test at Fiorano

Wide 2017 rain tires
Wide 2017 rain tires

Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has been granted an extra wet-tire test ahead of the 2017 season, to assist its preparations, with the Ferrari-owned Fiorano set to stage it.

Several drivers questioned the performance of Pirelli's Full Wet compound following rain-hit races last season, most notably Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Pirelli's Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, recently told GPUpdate.net that the company has been working hard on its Wet tire, amid the switch to a much wider profile for 2017.

Pirelli has now confirmed that it has also been granted a dedicated wet-weather test with a mule car at Fiorano, around two weeks before pre-season testing begins in Barcelona.

Barcelona will host two tests, from February 27 to March 2 and March 7 to 10.

Formula 1's opening pre-season test is also set to feature at least one day of wet running, either natural or artificial, though Pirelli explained that this is "not confirmed yet".

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