Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Paul Ricard, 2016

Vettel on top as wet tyre test concludes

2016 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time during Pirelli’s two-day test at Paul Ricard which was focused on developing new wet-weather compounds.

Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, Paul Ricard, 2016
Vandoorne ran on both days in the McLaren
Vettel took over from team mate Kimi Raikkonen on the second day of testing at the track which last held the French Grand Prix in 1990. Ferrari were one of three teams testing along with McLaren and Red Bull.

Stoffel Vandoorne was the only driver to complete both days of running. Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat shared driving duties for Red Bull. Between them the three teams covered over 600 laps totalling more than 2,300 kilometres as Pirelli worked on its full wet tyre compound.

The test was conducted ‘blind’ with no markings on the development tyres so the teams would not know which versions of the rubber they were using. Paul Ricard’s track sprinklers were used to simulate various different water levels.

Pirelli said the cool temperatures of around 11C were “not ideally representative” but it was able to collect useful data.

Driver Team Best time Laps Days
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’06.750 134 Tuesday
Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1’06.833 113 Tuesday
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1’07.758 214 Monday and Tuesday
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 108.713 99 Monday
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’09.637 99 Monday

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