PASCAL WEHRLEIN CONCLUDES THE LATEST PIRELLI TYRE TEST
WITH MERCEDES IN PREPARATION FOR 2017 AT BARCELONA
COOL TEMPERATURES, FOG, AND RAIN AFFECT THE TEST PROGRAMME: ONLY 91 LAPS COMPLETED IN TOTAL OVER TWO DAYS,
WITH THE FINAL DAY INTERRUPTED
TESTING WILL NOW CONTINUE IN THE MORE REPRESENTATIVE CONDITIONS OF ABU DHABI
Milan, October 13, 2016 – Following overnight rain, the final day of the Pirelli 2017 tyre test with Mercedes at Barcelona got underway with a damp surface, track temperatures of just 15 degrees centigrade, and fog. The rain returned in the afternoon, ending the session prematurely.
Despite this, it was possible to complete some laps with Pascal Wehrlein at the wheel in the morning. The young German, who has been the most prolific tester of Pirelli tyres this year, completed 31 laps at the Circuit de Catalunya today, using the Cinturato Intermediate compounds in the new wider 2017 sizes.
Added to the 60 laps driven by world championship leader Nico Rosberg yesterday, this makes a total of 91 laps completed over two days, using a 2015 Mercedes that has been modified to simulate 2017 levels of downforce.
Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery commented: "Obviously the weather hindered progress to some extent both today and yesterday, as is not entirely unexpected at this time of year in Europe. The same can apply to the early part of next year, which is why we are in favour of some guaranteed warm weather testing in 2017, before the season gets underway."
The next Pirelli test of the season will take place in Abu Dhabi with Red Bull from October 14-16.
NICO ROSBERG COMPLETES 60 LAPS OF TESTING TODAY IN SPAIN, USING A MODIFIED 2015 MERCEDES ON PIRELLI TYRES IN 2017 SIZE
COLD TEMPERATURES MADE IT HARD TO ESTABLISH REPRESENTATIVE RESULTS. RAIN AND TESTING ON FULL WETS IN THE AFTERNOON
THE MERCEDES TEST WILL FINISH TOMORROW.
RED BULL WILL TAKE TO THE TRACK FROM FRIDAY IN ABU DHABI
Milan, October 12, 2016 – The first of two days of the latest Pirelli 2017 tyre test has concluded today at Spain’s Montmelò circuit – just north of Barcelona – with championship leader Nico Rosberg at the wheel. Rosberg drove a Mercedes W06 mule car, which had been modified to simulate next year’s increased downforce loads.
Unfortunately, cool temperatures in the morning (with track temperatures of 17° centigrade at the beginning of the test) and the rain in the afternoon hindered the work that was done today, making it difficult to obtain representative tyre data.
Rosberg completed 60 laps: 46 in the morning on dry asphalt and 14 in the afternoon in the wet.
This test was focused on slick tyres in the morning and, under the circumstances, full wet in the afternoon, both in 2017 sizes:
Slicks 305/670-13 at the front and 405/670-13 at the back.
Full wet 305/680-13 at the front and 405/680-13 at the back.
The Mercedes test in Spain will conclude tomorrow.
Red Bull will take to the track next as part of the 2017 testing campaign, from 14-16 October in Abu Dhabi. This will be a slick tyre test.