December 10, 2019 / 2:33 PM / a month ago

F1 teams vote to stick with existing Pirelli tyres for 2020

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan - April 27, 2019 General view of Pirelli tyres REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

(Reuters) - All 10 Formula One teams have unanimously voted to continue using the current specification of Pirelli tyres after testing and analysing 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 tyres 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 tyres 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 tyres for the 2020 season and beyond.

“In any case, the lessons learnt will be invaluable for the further improvement of the tyres 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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