Aimed at monitoring and improving the wet-weather performance of the tyres, the two day Formula 1 testing session was kick-started at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren are the only teams who would be taking part in this session organised by Pirelli Tyres.
Teams are not allowed to test any new components or the car’s performance measures. This is purely a test of the wet weather performance by the tyre manufacturer, Pirelli. Hence teams are to follow Pirelli’s requests.
The teams are using the old 2015-specification cars with no modifications. While Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Riccardo and Stoffel Vandoorne drove for Ferrari, Red-Bull and McLaren respectively on day one, Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyat would take over for Ferrari and Red Bull. McLaren will stick with Vandoorne to drive for them for both days.
Despite old cars Red Bull has revised the livery to remove Infinity as title sponsors after the contract ended last year. Red Bull sported TAG Heuer on their cars that will see the Red Bull’s Renault engine sponsored by the Swiss watchmaker.
The Paul Ricard circuit has automatic sprinklers set-up track-side for changing the track conditions and testing the tyres under various wet weather conditions. Pirelli have said that different wet prototypes will be tested over the two day test session.