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Russell concludes 18-inch tyre test

Mat Coch

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Tuesday 10th December, 2019 - 9:22am

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Pirelli has concluded a two day tyre test in Abu Dhabi

George Russell and Mercedes have concluded a two-day tyre test with Pirelli ahead of the introduction of larger 18-inch wheels into Formula 1 for 2021.

Williams regular Russell was parachuted into the Mercedes factory team for the two-day test, turning in 100 laps of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on the opening day.

That effort was backed up by a further 118 on the day’s second test as the tyre manufacturer evaluated its new rubber.

Data from the test is set to be disseminated to all 10 current teams.

It follows a similar program completed by McLaren and Renault at Paul Ricard earlier in the year.

While Formula 1 will not move to the larger wheels until 2021, Formula 2 is set to make the switch for next season, with 166 laps chalked up for the junior runners during the day.

Testing was also performed on a Formula 2 car

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