Pastor Maldonado believes the tight restrictions imposed on race drivers at this week’s Silverstone test have left it impossible to judge what impact new tires will have on the competitive order.
Following clarifications issued by the FIA and Pirelli that race drivers would not be allowed to run with new parts or tweak setup during tire runs, Maldonado thinks that this week’s test will not deliver a clear picture about what to expect from Hungary.
“We could change nothing,” the Williams driver said when asked about how restricted he was. “No starts; no setups, no pressures. Nothing.
“It was quite limited by Pirelli and the FIA, so we just tested the different compounds of tires they give us medium, hard and prototype. I think we still need to work around these tires to find out more, but we couldn’t do it today because we were a bit limited. It will be interesting to work around the tires and see if the car can improve around them.”
Although Maldonado believes the impact that the new tires will have on form cannot be judged yet, he reckons that the 2012 construction has delivered a better consistency than the tires they will be replacing.
“I think there is an improvement in terms of reliability and performance,” he said. “Maybe the tires are not quicker than what we had in the past, but they are very consistent, which is quite good.
“But we don’t have exactly a clear idea because we don’t know as always in testing. We don’t know what the others are testing but it seems to be quite normal and good.”