F1's official supplier Pirelli has announced that the it will use the Renault R30 for testing purposes this season. The Italian company previously used the three old Toyota TF109 for the same.
“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,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery.
"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.”
To ensure all teams are treated equally, Pirelli will have its own test team and would allow only one observer from each team to test sessions.
“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,” continued 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.
It is expected that Pirelli would have four to five test this season.