Pirelli tests 18-inch tyres while Bianchi goes quickest

Lotus' Pic tests concept tyre as Bianchi impresses for Ferrari in place of Raikkonen.

Pirelli tests 18-inch tyres while Bianchi goes quickest
Charles Pic, Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims
Jules Bianchi, Ferrari F14-T Test Driver
Charles Pic, Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims
Charles Pic, Lotus F1 Team Third Driver
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 running sensor equipment
Kevin Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29
Jules Bianchi, Ferrari F14-T Test Driver running sensor equipment
Charles Pic, Third Driver, Lotus F1 Team
Jules Bianchi, Ferrari F14-T Test Driver
Kevin Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29 running sensor equipment
Charles Pic, Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims
Jules Bianchi, Ferrari F14-T Test Driver
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 running sensor equipment

He qualified that statement, however, by adding that tyre presented a number of technical challenges.

“We asked [Lotus] essentially to do a running promo, so the changes on the car were kept to a minimum,” he said. “I believe quite big changes would be needed to adapt to a product that is so substantially different.

"We confirmed what we knew: you have more rigid sidewalls, so you do have an integrity challenge; the car's sensitivity to camber will be very high; the front tyre will create a very aggressive turn in; there will be big variations in pressure. We need more detailed studies on that,” he said.

"We will supply the people in the strategy group and F1 commission with images, so people can make a decision on the future regulations based on fact rather than computer-generated images: that was the real objective.

"For now, we were just confirming the things we know, and the areas you would need to start working on if indeed this is where the sport will go - and that is really now in the hands of the decision makers."

Jules Bianchi fastest of the day

With Kimi Raikkonen rested following his high-speed crash at last weekend’s British Grand Prix, Ferrari drafted in development programme driver and regular Marussia racer Jules Bianchi to deputise and the Frenchman impressed by setting the day’s fastest time – a lap of 1:35.262.

Bianchi’s lap came with around an hour left in the session and bumped Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat to second place. The Russian ended the day just under three tenths of a seconds adrift of Bianchi.

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen was third fastest, ahead of Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde. The Dutch driver brought the session to an early end, crashing out with 20 minutes to go. The session was red-flagged because of the need to repair barriers.

Lewis Hamilton takes it easy after his win last weekend

Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest. The Briton also brought out the red flags when he went off at Stowe corner. Valtteri Bottas finished sixth for Williams ahead of Marussia’s Max Chilton.

Force India third driver Daniel Juncadella was eighth fastest ahead of Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver spent the day testing 2015 tyres for Pirelli but spent a large chunk of the day in the garage as a mid-session issue forced his team into a change of power unit.

After testing the experimental Pirelli tyres, Pic returned to normal test duties with Lotus and finished the day in 10th position. Last on the timesheet was GP2 racer Julian Leal, who was at the wheel of Caterham’s CT05. It was a troubled day for the team and a substantial delay in the morning meant that while Leal was able to run in the afternoon, fellow GP2 driver Rio Haryanto was not able to take to the wheel of the Caterham as had been planned.

Silverstone Test Day 2 – Times
1 Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1m35.262s 89
2 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m35.544s  +0.282s  56
3 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1m35.593s  +0.331s  91
4 Giedo van der Garde Sauber 1m36.327s  +1.065s  84
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m36.680s  +1.418s  47
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m37.193s  +1.931s  40
7 Max Chilton Marussia 1m37.359s  +2.097s  77
8 Daniel Juncadella Force India 1m37.449s  +2.187s  52
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m39.410s  +4.148s  76
10 Charles Pic Lotus 1m41.906s  +6.644s  38
11 Julian Leal Caterham 1m42.635s  +7.373s  51

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