Two sessions of testing among the Friday morning at Austin haven’t cleared the ideas to teams and drivers: this was the second experience for the Circus to taste the rubber that Pirelli rubber developed for the 2020 new championship.
The colder comment was the one of Otmar Szafnauer, team principal of Racing Point, in saying to Autosport that abandoning these new set of tyres “[it]'s the most likely outcome".
In fact, the C4 new compound has left different opinions in the paddock; the more politically correct comments were a few voices: Charles Leclerc admitted that “to be completely honest, on my side I probably need to do a bit more mileage before to give any judgement" and Lewis Hamilton said "I've got to hold back and not say too much at the moment"; while Carlos Sainz shouted that the tyres "felt very weird and very bad".
From the manufacturer side, Mario Isola was cautious on the early statements: "Unfortunately conditions were less representative. So we have to analyse the data to understand which is the level of performance. The first feeling is that the new package has probably a little bit less grip or peak of grip, and that it's more consistent. That is what we are looking for” judged at Autosport. On the reactions of the drivers the Italian claimed: "I'm not surprised that they feel something different, or better to say: it's good that they feel something different, because we worked at developing a different tyre".
But apart from professional attitude towards difficulties, Isola admitted that "we cannot test for one year, with a certain result that is correlated from test to another, and then suddenly we have a result that is completely different. Otherwise it's a never-ending story, and we never progress"