9th July, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Today we got a first look at the new Pirelli 18-inch tyre designs on the Lotus.
Charles Pic and Lotus are working with Pirelli to test the new designs at day two of the Silverstone test.
Pirelli announced the new tyre designs last Saturday during the British Grand Prix weekend explaining that it would make their work with Formula One cars more relevant to road tyres.
The Italian tyre manufacturer stressed that the new design was not something they were pushing for but they were trying to help teams make the best of the resources available.
“The 13-inch tyre is no longer relevant to the everyday road user, because even an 18-inch tyre is used by standard vehicles these days.” Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s director of motorsport, said.
"we’d like to emphasise that this move is not something that we are actively pushing for, as our role in Formula One is not to instigate changes."
“Instead, it’s to help teams and drivers make the most out of the equipment, regulations and resources they have at their disposal,”