PIRELLI WIDER TYRE TEST-6 FOR 2017
Wider tyre test 6 of 10
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
12th-13th, October 2016
October 12, 2016
The first of two days of the latest Pirelli 2017 tyre test has concluded at Spain’s Montmelò circuit – just north of Barcelona – with championship leader Nico Rosberg at the wheel.
Rosberg drove a Mercedes W06 mule car, which had been modified to simulate next year’s increased downforce loads.
Unfortunately, cool temperatures in the morning (with track temperatures of 17° centigrade at the beginning of the test) and the rain in the afternoon hindered the work that was done, making it difficult to obtain representative tyre data.
Rosberg completed 60 laps: 46 in the morning on dry asphalt and 14 in the afternoon in the wet.
This test was focused on slick tyres in the morning and, under the circumstances, full wet in the afternoon, both in 2017 sizes:
Slicks 305/670-13 at the front and 405/670-13 at the back.
Full wet 305/680-13 at the front and 405/680-13 at the back.
October 13, 2016
Following overnight rain, the final day of the Pirelli 2017 tyre test with Mercedes at Barcelona got underway with a damp surface, track temperatures of just 15 degrees centigrade, and fog.
The rain returned in the afternoon, ending the session prematurely.
Despite this, it was possible to complete some laps with Pascal Wehrlein at the wheel in the morning.
The young German, who has been the most prolific tester of Pirelli tyres this year, completed 31 laps at the Circuit de Catalunya today, using the Cinturato Intermediate compounds in the new wider 2017 sizes.
Added to the 60 laps driven by world championship leader Nico Rosberg yesterday, this makes a total of 91 laps completed over two days, using a 2015 Mercedes that has been modified to simulate 2017 levels of downforce.
The next Pirelli test of the season will take place in Abu Dhabi with Red Bull from October 14-16.