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Pirelli can be ready for 18-inch debut in 2016

Pirelli can be ready to supply low-profile tyres to formula one teams by 2016. That is the claim of the Italian supplier's F1 chief Paul Hembery, in the wake of the test of the first 18-inch prototype at Silverstone last week. Currently, the sport's old 13-inch standard is enshrined in the regulations, but both from an aesthetic point of view and also to bring F1 up-to-date with modern technology trends, a move to a lower profile tyre is now being considered. But, last week, reports suggested 18-inch tyres are unlikely to feature on the grand prix grids until at least 2017. Indeed, Hembery admitted that lower profile tyres pose a development challenge, because the current 13-inch design is...
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