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Pirelli to test with old Renault | Planet F1 | Formula One News

Pirelli have previously used the Toyota TF109 but needed a newer model in order to better simulate the latest technical changes and aerodynamic developments. The R30 was the model used by Renault in 2010.
"It was clear from an early point that we needed a more modern solution for our test car, as while the Toyota TF109 has served us extremely well, it is now three years-old," Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery told the official Formula One website.
"Technology as well as the regulations have moved on considerably since then, and the Toyota is no longer able to generate the same sort of forces that we need to simulate in order to meet the current requirements of Formula One."
"At the top of our agenda is the need to treat the teams entirely equally, which is why the test team will be run independently and all the teams will be able to send an observer to the tests," added Hembery.
"Our new test car will be running to current fuel regulations, with no refuelling, so we will be able to simulate a full race distance and the change in balance with the car and tyres.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Toyota, who have given us exceptional support as we developed our range of tyres for 2011 and 2012. They have played a significant part in our achievements in Formula One to date, and now we look forward to building on this in the future with a new range of tyres."
Pirelli are expected to conduct four or five tests during the course of the year, with the first of these tests scheduled to take place in May.
 
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