Formula One teams reach a decision on 2020 tyres
LONDON - All 10 Formula One teams have unanimously voted to continue using the current specification of Pirelli tyres after testing and analysing results of the new 2020 prototype in Abu Dhabi, the sport's governing body, the FIA, said on Tuesday.
Teams were testing a mixture of the 2019 and 2020 specification tyres in post-season testing and Pirelli said last week that they had received mixed results from both the teams and their drivers.
A vote required at least 70% of teams to agree to continue using the current compounds for the next season.
"The vote resulted in a unanimous decision to keep the 2019 specification tyres for the 2020 season by the Formula One teams," the FIA said in a statement.
"The FIA would like to thank both Pirelli and all the teams for their work and collaboration to improve the tyres for the 2020 season and beyond.
"In any case, the lessons learnt will be invaluable for the further improvement of the tyres in the future."
The new season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15 and ends with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 29.
The 2020 Formula One season will be a record in terms of the number of races, with a total of 22 on the calendar. The schedule has lost Germany but is expanding with the addition of Vietnam and the return after a long absence of Dutch Grand Prix, which will take place at the Zandvoort circuit.Reuters