Marking a revolution in Formula 1 history, Pirelli‘s newest 18 inch tires were seen in action yesterday during a special 2020 Formula 2 demonstration at Monza with Jean Alesi behind the wheel. These tires will be used in Formula 2 next year, paving the way for a brand-new look in Formula 1 starting in 2021.
Following Alesi’s lap, the iconic tire brand unveiled its 18-inch Formula 1 tire which will be put to the test for the first time at Paul Ricard this Thursday and Friday. Formula One Managing Director Ross Brawn, FIA Single Seater-Commission President Stefano Domenicali, FIA Formula 2 Championship CEO Bruno Michel and Pirelli’s Head of F1 and Car Racing Mario Isola were in attendance.
According to Isola, “The eye-catching demonstration run with the new 18-inch tires at Monza, courtesy of a legendary driver who will always be associated with this track, provided a fascinating glimpse of a future that will be with us before we know it. The link between Formula 2 and Formula 1 have never been closer, symbolized by this latest demonstration and display at our home circuit. Now we look forward to track testing some 18-inch Formula 1 prototypes for the first time next week in France.”