Formula One set a new record on Tuesday during the post Abu Dhabi Pirelli test as it took place over a 12 hour period with no break.
GP2 Champion and new McLaren Honda Test and Reserve driver Stoffel set the fastest time of the day completing 99 laps with a fastest time of 1m 44.103s ending the day just ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen with the Iceman completing 56 laps with a fastest time of 1m 44.456s.
Raikkonen finished the day just ahead of the Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson. The Swedish driver was sharing the driving duties with Aldderly Fong. The Lotus F1 Team’s Jolyon Palmer who will race for the Enstone outfit in 2016 was fourth fastest completing 90 laps and ending the day just ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who shared the driving with Kimi Raikkonen.
Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team test driver Pascal Wehrlein was sixth fastest in the W06 completing 107 laps the most of any driver during the day and setting a fastest time of 1m 45.605s
Daniel Ricciardo was seventh fastest for Red Bull Racing on the day that it was confirmed by Christian Horner that Daniil Kvyat will remain with the team in 2016.
Max Verstappen was eighth fastest just ahead of the Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Nico Hulkenberg with the Williams Martini Racing Team’s Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top ten with a fastest time of 1m 45.940s. The Finn completed 103 laps of the Yas Marina Bay circuit.
Daniil Kvyat was eleventh fastest just ahead of Carlos Sainz. Adderly Fong was 13th fastest for the Sauber F1 Team just ahead of Alfonso Celis Jr who made his Formula One debut with the Sahara Force India Formula One Team. Last week the Mexican was confirmed as the Silverstone based outfit’s 2016 development driver.
Rio Haryanto and Jordan King rounded out the order for the Manor F1 Team. Speaking following the test, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery commented by saying:
We had one shot when it came to testing tyres for next season, and we can be satisfied by what we’ve achieved in this test, even if we have to fully analyze the data. We’ve tested different versions of the new ultrasoft compound for 2016, which was one of the targets for this session. The ultrasoft’s target for 2016 is to introduce a compound softer than the supersoft and mainly designed as agressive choice for street circuits: with better performance than the latest version of the supersoft tyre and faster degradation, in order to allow the Teams to take a more aggressive approach to race strategy.
Whether this will produce more pit stops, or any difference in strategies, it’s too early to say for now. We will fully analyse our data and team telemetry once we get back to base. But it seems we are heading in the right direction: the ultrasoft is expected to offer more possibilities for certain races.
We also tested some different constructions for both front and rear tyres.
The next Formula One tyre test takes place at the Paul Ricard circuit in France next month.