Charles Pic ran 14 laps on the 18 inch tires at the wheel of the current E22. With few adjustments made to accommodate the very different wheel sizes – and the lack of suspension movement provide by the tire – he was well off the normal pace. However, the point of the exercise was mainly to allow the sport’s key players to judge the appearance of the new tires.
Pirelli is investigating the causes of right-rear punctures that afflicted Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in FP2, and also a series of cuts seen on other Formula One tires.
Pirelli’s Paul Hembery believes that something on the track was the likely cause in most cases, while also suggesting that a piece of debris was responsible for the Vettel problem.
Inevitably, given the events of Silverstone and the high-speed nature of Spa, teams and drivers are looking for some reassurances from Pirelli.
“It looks on the Red Bull as if something has been rubbing on the surface and then cut straight through the surface,” said Hembery. “And on the Ferrari there are two quite clear holes through the top of the tread. We’ve got to go and look at the track later and see what’s been turns 13 and 15.