Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel completed 134 laps on his to topping the times on the final day of Pirelli’s wet tyre test at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The German set a fastest time of 1m 06.750s and by completing 134 laps brought the Maranello based outfit’s lap tally over the days to 143 laps after Kimi Raikkonen completed 99 laps on Monday.
Speaking following the test, Vettel commented by saying:
It’s always useful to drive a car, It was fun, even if, with a lot of different prototype tyres, you may get different results, without knowing which tyres we are testing, or if they are going to be used in the future or not. You can have a rough idea which tyres you test and how the tyres were last year, but it’s not clear what’s going to happen with the tyres after this, even if for sure there are some results, but it’s too early to say. It was dryer than yesterday, as they put less water on the track, but they provided us with very consistent conditions.
The Pirelli test was also the first opportunity for Ferrari’s new chief race engineer Jock Clear to acquaint himself with the race team after joining the team from Mercedes this year after being placed on gardening leave by Mercedes at the end of 2014 when it became clear that he would be joining rivals Ferrari.
Clear will work alongside both Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel’s engineering teams and will report to technical director James Allison replacing fellow Englishman Pat Fry on the Ferrari pit-wall. Fry as we reportd earlier this week has joined the Manor Racing Team as a technical consultant.