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Vandoorne, McLaren top final F1 test of 2015

Stoffel Vandoorne turns in the fastest time for McLaren-Honda as the Pirelli F1 tyre test officially brings the curtain down on the 2015 season.
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Stoffel Vandoorne gave McLaren something to smile about heading into the winter period by topping the Pirelli tyre test at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Organised by Pirelli to focus on tyre constructions and to sample to all-new ultra-soft compound that will be introduced in 2016, all ten teams ran around the Abu Dhabi circuit, notching up 6,000kms and 1084 laps between them.

With the teams disallowed from running new parts in an effort to correlate data more accurately, it would also prove a 'blind' test with the drivers nor teams aware of the tyre specifications they were testing.

On the timesheets it was GP2 champion and McLaren reserve Vandoorne that would turn in the quickest lap time of the 12 hour test, stopping the clock at a best of 1min 44.103secs, almost four seconds down on Nico Rosberg's pole winning time from this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest in the Ferrari, ahead of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, forthcoming Lotus race driver Jolyon Palmer and Sebastian Vettel, who only lapped in the morning before handing over to his team-mate.

Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein posted the most number of laps, completing 107 revolutions over the course of the day, while Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull were forced to finish later than their rivals after losing time with a technical issues early on.

“We had one shot when it came to testing tyres for next season, and we can be satisfied by what we've achieved in this test, even if we have to fully analyze the data,” said Paul Hembery.

“We've tested different versions of the new ultra-soft compound for 2016, which was one of the targets for this session. The ultra-soft's target for 2016 is to introduce a compound softer than the super-soft and mainly designed as aggressive choice for street circuits: with better performance than the latest version of the super-soft tyre and faster degradation, in order to allow the Teams to take a more aggressive approach to race strategy.

“Whether this will produce more pit stops, or any difference in strategies, it's too early to say for now. We will fully analyse our data and team telemetry once we get back to base. But it seems we are heading in the right direction: the ultra-soft is expected to offer more possibilities for certain races. We also tested some different constructions for both front and rear tyres.”

Elsewhere on the timesheets, Alfonso Celis Jr and Jordan King made their respective debuts for Force India and Manor respectively, while Adderly Fong got the laps he needed in the Force India to renew his superlicence and Rio Haryanto shared duties in the Manor with King.


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anthony.allen.5817

December 02, 2015 12:25 AM

I'm sure Pirelli said not so long ago that they could make the cars 4 or 5 seconds a lap quicker with just different tyres and now all they have done is make them 4 seconds slower something needs to be done about the stupid no testing rules this is the sort of problems it is causing



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