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Paul Ricard F1 test: Vettel top as Pirelli concludes wet tyre test

Pirelli acquires 639 laps worth of wet weather track data, as Sebastian Vettel retires the race winning SF15-T with the fastest time at Paul Ricard.
Pirelli has completed its two day wet weather tyre test at Paul Ricard, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyat getting back to F1 action alongside Stoffel Vandoorne.

Though lap times are largely irrelevant due to the use of 2015 specification cars – the final time the Ferrari SF15-T, Red Bull RB11 and McLaren MP4-30 – will get any prolonged track running, it was Vettel who would turn in the quickest time towards the end of the test as Pirelli simulated a drying surface.

A second outing in Ferrari machinery this year having sampled a 2014 specification F14-T earlier this month, Vettel was a tenth up on Kvyat, who didn't make it out on track during the final stint as Red Bull finished up early.

Having been stopped by an engine failure on Monday, Vandoorne suffered more niggles on the McLaren early on, but completed 127 laps by the close of play.

In all, Pirelli completed 266 laps on Monday and 373 laps on Tuesday – a total of 639 laps of wet track testing around the 3.8km configuration of the circuit.

Attention now turns to the official pre-season F1 tests next month, which will see the 11 teams debut their 2016 challengers. Kicking off on February 22nd at the Circuit de Catalunya, two tests will be conducted across eight days in total before the 2016 F1 opener in Australia.


by Ollie Barstow



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rob01

January 26, 2016 5:33 PM

Equin0x: That Redbull is a hugely capable car aero wise, if only they had an extra 80hp and reliability they'd more than likely beat the Mercs.
They should be the best with aero. Its their only focus and they spend hundreds of millions on it. Then sit and scream give me the best engine.

rob01

January 26, 2016 9:18 PM

richard:
rob01: They should be the best with aero. Its their only focus and they spend hundreds of millions on it. Then sit and scream give me the best engine.
wouldnt you too if you were sold a pup? imagine you bought your 500 bhp ford mustang and found that it had been fitted with a 400 bhp unit? and renault are now freely admitting that they failed to provide rbr with a competitive unit and also admit that they did not spend the required time or money to try and improve matters
Pirelli is just diffusing the bad blood. They knew red bull wouldnt. Just recently Marko said Renault should focus on them as the factory effort would be poor. And they wonder why no one wants to work with them.



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