Pirelli Wet Tyre Test Update

An update from this week’s Pirelli Wet Tyre Test at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet.

2016? Yep, it's up and running already, but perhaps not in the way you usually know. Correct, this year's Formula 1 action got underway on a wet track in the south of France, with the 2015 cars, with just three teams involved including yours truly.

Yes, not quite the traditional start to the year for the sport, but this was all to provide some valuable track time and wet weather data for tyre suppliers Pirelli as they utilised the sprinkler system at the Paul Ricard track to guarantee some wet weather for the continued development of their 2016 tyres.

So, as Daniel Ricciardo and Dany Kvyat got back to work after a few months in their respective off-seasons, the boys dusted themselves down for the year by completing over 200 laps combined.

Daniel first took the wheel of the RB11 first on Monday, notching up 99 laps of wet weather testing for tyre suppliers Pirelli and a quickest time for the day of 1:08.713.

Dany followed on Tuesday with 113 laps of the Paul Ricard track, setting a fastest personal time of 1:06.833 in last seasons RB11, dressed up in an interim livery.

The action fully kicks into gear next month at the first pre season test of the year in Barcelona on February 22-25.

Paul Ricard Wet Tyre Test Time Sheet - Monday 25-26 January 2016

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) Best Time: 1:06.750 (134 laps)
DANIIL KVYAT  Best Time: 1:06.833 (113)
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) Best Time: 1:07.758 (87 + 127)
DANIEL RICCIARDO Best Time: 1:08.713 (99)
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) Best Time: 1:09.637 (99)