Scuderia Ferrari reserve driver Jean-Éric Vergne is testing on behalf of Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli at the Italian team’s Fiorano test circuit on Tuesday.

The Frenchman, who also races full-time for the DS Virgin Racing team in the FIA Formula E Championship, will be piloting a 2014-spec Ferrari F14-T.

The car will be fitted with 2016-sized tyres which contain a number of prototype elements for next year’s tyre designs, which are going to be considerably larger under the 2017 Formula 1 Technical Regulations.

The test is part of a series of 25 ‘car days’ signed off by the FIA to allow Pirelli to test prototype 2017 tyre concepts on 2013- or 2014-specification cars.

Pirelli and the FIA are yet to officially announce that the Italian tyre maker has won the tender to continue as Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier for 2017-2019.

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