Ferrari: We learned a lot

Pedro De La Rosa

Pedro De La Rosa

The 2015 F1 tyres were on the agenda for the first day of the Silverstone test, the third in-season session, following those in Bahrain and Barcelona. Pedro de la Rosa spent the day working solely on tyre development aimed at next season at the wheel of Scuderia Ferrari’s F14 T. The morning and afternoon’s work on prototype Pirellis unfortunately ended about an hour early because of a coolant leak.

“It was great to be able to drive the actual car after so much work in the simulator, especially at a track like Silverstone. I think today was very useful both for me and for the team. We worked a lot on race simulation, always running with a high fuel load, so as to understand as much as possible about the new tyres. We learned a lot and even if I can’t make a direct comparison to this year’s tyres, the feeling I got is that they do represent a step forward.”

Tomorrow, the final day of the test, the Spanish driver hands over to his colleague Jules Bianchi. The young French Marussia F1 Team driver, a member of Maranello’s Ferrari Driver Academy is standing in for Kimi Raikkonen, who has been given time to fully recover, so as to be ready for the next championship round at Hockenheim, over the weekend of 20 July.