Pirelli expects to confirm the new prototype construction, which teams tested today, will be raced from the next round of the championship.
“The feedback from drivers was positive,” said Isola. “Somebody found a bit more traction in the first laps and somebody commented that the new prototype is very similar to the current C4.
“At the end of the day, that was the target, because we know that the new construction is more robust, that we want to introduce it to have an additional margin on this new construction. But we didn’t want to change the behaviour and the balance or to ask the teams to make any set-up adjustments when they move to the new construction. That was confirmed in general.”
Pirelli will inspect all the data received from teams before making a final decision on whether to use the new construction in its nominated compounds for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in two weeks’ time. Some teams also intend to run the prototype tyres again in final practice tomorrow.
“I didn’t [receive] any objections, I didn’t have any negative comments, I didn’t collect anything that is taking me to think that there is no good reason to introduce the prototype in Silverstone,” said Isola.
“We are going to receive the data tonight so we want to take a bit of time to analyse the data to finalise. Also, it is collecting the feedback also tomorrow morning. But to be honest, I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t introduce it in Silverstone.”
Teams were asked to reduce the pressure of the prototype tyres by 2psi compared to the regular C4 when they ran them in today’s test. Pirelli expects to confirm its decision for the British GP tomorrow.
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