After just a month and a half since the end of the last season of Formula 1, 2016 can be considered to be officially launched after the first day of test tires of water at Paul Ricard. It has been a day of relatively quiet on the that the environmental conditions have allowed Pirelli to work as they wished, except for a temperature somewhat lower than expected. The only problem we have had with the yet another technical problem of the MP4-30, today he was piloting Stoffel Vandoorne.
Since the 2008 season that Paul Ricard was the seat of a pre-season test for several teams -Fernando Alonso rolled in 2010 with a F60 – so to France today has been an important day since the Formula 1 has returned to Le Castellet and also to our neighbouring country. The last time there was a test of “real” Formula 1 in France was at Magny Cours in 2012 on the occasion of one of the batches of the Young Driver Test.
Obviously, test tires of water on a sunny day it should not be possible in the normal situation but the layout of Paul Ricard has a sprinkler system that has allowed the track to be wet all day. The cars have been rolling in intervals of ten laps, completing ten outputs to track each one -with the exception of McLaren – to give a total of 285 laps between the three.
The records are the least of it today, both by the fact that what is being tested is something that you only know Pirelli as being a car exactly nailed to the last season. Not allowed to use new parts and by so the only thing that has been analysed in the present day are the new extreme wet tyres that the Italian brand has led to the circuit Paul Ricard. Pirelli has worked with different compounds and depths of the grooves throughout the day.
In any case, the faster of the first day has been Daniel Ricciardo. tomorrow you’ll see the same three teams today at the track but it will do so with two different drivers. Daniel Ricciardo will give way to Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Räikkönen will leave the steering wheel of your car to Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, McLaren will roll Vandoorne, who accumulates a always valuable mileage that assumes that the other drivers of McLaren did not take advantage. If and when the MP4-30 stamina, of course.
Times Test Paul Ricard – Day 1
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