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 has confirmed the tire testing schedule for the three in-season tests. The rules require each team to devote one of its six precious days to working for the Italian company.
The significance of the timing is that in theory when a team is tire testing, it is not working on developing its car.
Pirelli Formula One boss Paul Hembery says that the teams made good progress with its latest tires in Bahrain this week, and the conclusion is that they are more consistent and durable than last year.
Pirelli admits that it has taken a conservative route, but Hembery repeated that the company is willing to make changes if necessary.
Given the mechanical carnage in Jerez this week tires have not received a lot of coverage, but nevertheless it was an important test for Pirelli as the company had its first chance to run with the new cars, and in both wet and dry conditions.
Pirelli also gave the teams a helping hand by providing a ‘winter compound’ designed to allow them to log miles in the cool of a European January. The fastest time of the week, Kevin Magnussen’s 1m23.276s on Thursday, was set on new mediums.