Connect with us

2016 F1

Pirelli clarify why Mercedes were not at wet tyre test

Published

on

Pirelli clarify why Mercedes were not at wet tyre test

Pirelli clarify why Mercedes were not at wet tyre test

Pirelli issued a polite ‘no’ to reigning world champion team Mercedes ahead of the recent wet tyre test at Paul Ricard.

“When you’re driving, you’re always learning something,” Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel told reporters after running in the 2015 car on Tuesday.

Indeed, some insiders expressed surprise when it emerged that Mercedes would not be running in France alongside Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren-Honda.

Mercedes insisted it was happy to focus instead on its 2016 car.

But Pirelli has revealed a slightly different story, with racing manager Mario Isola saying: “We noted from the outset that three cars on the track would be enough.

“When testing with more, you then have to be careful how the cars are distributed around the track,” he is quoted by Speed Week.

“The cars generate a lot of spray and this can distort the findings of the drivers behind.

“Mercedes knew from the beginning that Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren had already contacted us. They let us know ‘If you need us, then we will be happy to be there, otherwise we stay at home’,” Isola added.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F18 hours ago

F1 should be a dictatorship – Berger

9SharesFormula one needs to return to its days as a dictatorship. That is the view of Gerhard Berger, the F1...

2018 F18 hours ago

We have great confidence in Honda – Red Bull

1ShareChristian Horner remains confident Honda is the right move for Red Bull. The Red Bull boss said that at Silverstone...

2018 F18 hours ago

F1 steward Mika Salo admits Ferrari penalties controversy

7SharesF1 steward Mika Salo has acknowledged the controversy over penalties given to Ferrari drivers in recent races. After Sebastian got...

2018 F18 hours ago

McLaren, Williams, admit need for change

1ShareAn anonymous engineer says struggling once-great F1 teams Williams and McLaren need to make sweeping changes. Both British teams have...

2018 F11 day ago

Hamilton is stronger than Vettel – Briatore

238SharesFlavio Briatore thinks Mercedes is still the favourite for the 2018 world championship. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has taken an 8...

2018 F11 day ago

Sirotkin reveals his biggest problem with Williams’ 2018 car

2SharesSergey Sirotkin has given more details about his biggest problem with Williams’ 2018 car. While the car is obviously uncompetitive,...

2018 F11 day ago

F1 eyes 20-year deal for Miami Grand Prix

1ShareYet another meeting could finally mean the green light for a grand prix in Miami. We have reported that Liberty...

2018 F12 days ago

Raikkonen could return to Sauber F1 for 2019

375SharesThe signs are growing ever stronger that Ferrari will have a new driver in 2019. Kimi Raikkonen admits that it...

2018 F12 days ago

Red Bull encourages Honda power to prepare for 2019 F1

1ShareRed Bull is encouraging Toro Rosso and Honda to help the senior energy drink-owned team prepare for 2019. Honda already...

2018 F13 days ago

Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

257SharesThe British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media