Pic: 18-inch tyres would pose big challenge

Pic: 18-inch tyres would pose big challenge

10 July 2014 – Charles Pic says a future move to 18-inch tyres would cause a headache for teams and drivers.

The Lotus third driver completed 14 laps with Pirelli's experimental low profile rubber on the final morning of the post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone to help the Italian manufacturer gather data.

Although 2017 has been earmarked as a potential year for change, Pirelli claims that it would be ready to supply larger wheels a season earlier.

"If we go with this type of tyre one day, it will be a big challenge," Pic explained to the gathered media, including GPUpdate.net.

"For teams it will be a challenge because they will have to build a completely new car around it because the philosophy is completely different, and also for the drivers because they are completely different.

"On the looks side, it is different. Some people will like it, others not. Honestly, I thought they were a bit too big, but maybe it is because it was the first time I saw them on the car. They were really big compared to it."

Pic, whose E22 underwent minor adjustments to cope with the different demands of the 18-inch design, echoed Pirelli boss Paul Hembery's comments that the first test had nothing to do with evaluating performance.

"The goal was to run them and see how they reacted," said Pic, who was requested to stay off kerbing.

"They are more reactive and nervous and on top of that you lose a lot of aero. It is not even like you are on the aero you use at Monza, it is even less. The combination means you are five or six seconds off the pace.

"If you look at handling, it is not good. But that was not the point of the test. The tyre I tested today is not the tyre it will be if they decide to do it. It is the beginning of this type of tyre and for sure they will improve it."

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