Former driver completed 213 laps of a sunny in a modified mule car based on the 2018 .

There will be two further sessions this year with and both running two days each with their own 2018 mule cars at Ricard in October and December respectively.

The 18-inch programme will step up a gear next season with 25 test days shared among the 10 teams, using either 2018 or 2019-based mule cars, before the definitive tyres are run in a three-day group test after the GP.

“We completed our planned programme as expected, covering 213 laps with the 18-inch tyres over two days,” said Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola.

“This was very useful for us to take a first look at the new generation of tyres and start shaping the development path that we will follow for the remainder of this year and next year.

“Of course, it is hard to read too much into this test as these are still very early days, but we have accumulated all the preliminary data that we wanted in good weather conditions, so thank you very much to and to Sergey for their availability.”

In parallel with the 18-inch test, ran a nearly identical total of 212 laps in a current as Pirelli completed what is scheduled to be its final test for its 2020 tyres.

Some sources have indicated that Thursday’s meeting in Geneva saw an agreement to keep the 2019 construction fixed in 2020, as the September 1 deadline for confirming a new spec had been missed. However, others have suggested that the situation remains fluid.

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