Pirelli has secured Renault's R30 chassis for its tyre development programme

Pirelli has secured the use of the former Renault team’s 2010 Formula 1 chassis, the R30, for private track and tyre development testing.

Since it returned as the sport’s official tyre supplier in 2010, the Italian tyre company has had the use of Toyota’s 2009 racer, the TF109, to run and evaluate its tyre compounds.

But with the sport having undergone several considerable changes in rules – including the loss of double diffusers, the return of KERS and the new advent of DRS – the TF109 is now considered too outdated to evaluate and develop its new-generation tyres.

Aside from the TF109 being too different, aerodynamically, to current-generation Formula 1 cars, it also doesn’t possess a large enough fuel tank for Pirelli to perform race-distance simulations.

Renault R30 “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,” Pirelli’s motorsport boss Paul Hembery has said.

The R30, driven by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov during the 2010 season, will be run in plain livery and driven by a test driver. The exact identity of this driver will be revealed “later this month”.

The R30 will be modified to simulate this year’s regulations and completely run by Pirelli’s own technicians. To “ensure complete impartiality”, the team added, “no team member connected to a current Formula One team” will be working with this programme.

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