As a result the company is set to rely on some Friday FP2 running later in the year in order to trial its prototype tyres for next season.
The rules allow for 25 car days of dry and wet tyre testing, focussed on the development for the following season, which this year will be conducted with current machinery rather than the mule cars used in 2021.
The only realistic dates available are at European circuits where the Grand Prix are not followed immediately by a back-to-back event.
Thus far the Tuesdays and Wednesdays following the Imola, Red Bull Ring and Hungaroring races have been earmarked for testing. With two teams at each venue that adds up to 12 car days of running.
Pirelli has yet to confirm which teams will attend those tests, or if any the days will be devoted to wet running on an artificially soaked track.
Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport, talks to the press
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