December 10, 2019 / 2:35 PM / 4 months ago

F1 teams vote to stick with existing Pirelli tires for 2020

(Reuters) - All 10 Formula One teams have unanimously voted to continue using the current specification of Pirelli tires after testing and analyzing results of the new 2020 prototype in Abu Dhabi, the sport’s governing body (FIA) said on Tuesday.

Teams were testing a mixture of the 2019 and 2020 specification tires in post-season testing and Pirelli said last week that they had received mixed results from 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 tires 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 tires for the 2020 season and beyond.

“In any case, the lessons learnt will be invaluable for the further improvement of the tires in the future.”

The new season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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