FIA restrictions leave Maldonado in dark
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18 July 2013 – Pastor Maldonado says he will need to wait until the Hungarian Grand Prix before he forms a true opinion of Pirelli's new tyres, with the Venezuelan unable to learn as much as he had initially hoped during his half day of testing at the Silverstone circuit.
Although race drivers are permitted to take part in the three-day gathering, the FIA has deployed observers to ensure that they do not carry out development work, with set-up changes prohibited and tyre pressures being set by the Italian manufacturer.
"We completed all of the planned programme for Pirelli," said Maladonado. "The tyres feel quite different but we need to see how we compare against other cars on the track with the same compounds.
"We didn’t get performance from the car with them so we need more time in Hungary as we couldn’t make any set-up changes today. It was good to be back in the car though, in preparation for getting back to racing next week."
Maldonado, who shared his running with DTM racer Daniel Juncadella, ended the day ninth fastest with a total of 71 laps to his name. Susie Wolff takes over on Friday.