Charles Pic drives the Lotus with new Pirelli 18 inch tyres
Pirelli’s new 18-inch concept tyres formed the centre of attention at Silverstone, with Lotus F1 Team reserve driver Charles Pic giving the new design its debut on Wednesday morning.
Pic headed out shortly after 9am in the current Lotus E22 equipped with the new 18-inch tyres and completed 14 laps of the Silverstone circuit. With the concept tyre designed principally to showcase aesthetics rather than performance, and a general-purpose compound, the lap times were not the focus.
Instead, the objective was to gauge reaction to the very different new design, which received the thumbs up from most observers.
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