Sebastian Vettel will be driving a modified Ferrari SF15-T today around the Fiorano circuit. The modified SF15-T is set up to simulate 2017’s aero and tire rules. 2017 rule changes will allow wider aero and wider tires in an attempt to foster more exciting racing. Vettel will be tasked with testing duties on the first day of the test while Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez will handle the second day.
Vettel completed some installation laps this morning, the full test will begin later today. This will include wet weather testing on intermediates and full wets on an artificially watered track. Red Bull will get their chance with the new slick tire and body work at Mugello on Thursday.
While Vettel completed a few installation laps on slick tyres, Red Bull will be the first team to properly trial Pirelli’s 2017 slicks during a two-day test at Mugello, Italy, on August 3-4.
Pirelli have already run a separate test programme to trial different materials and structures for their tyres earlier this year.
Final validation for the 2017 tires will happen later this year in November at Abu Dhabi. It will be interesting to see how the drivers cope with the compounds and wider tires for next season. Hopefully, as with all F1 changes, we hope for more competitive racing between the top tier teams.