After the first pre-season tests in Barcelona in Pirelli were satisfied with the results and added that it had achieved its objectives.
The best lap in tests, 1.19,705, set by Valtteri Bottas, was two seconds faster than last year’s pole position and five – time tests in that year.
Director of Pirelli Mario Isola said: “We are satisfied with the results of the four test days. New tires yet correspond to our expectations.
Before this season we were asked to make more durable tyres, allowing riders to attack. In these tests we made sure that we were able to accomplish the task. I hope next week will confirm our beliefs.
As for the times, they are much higher. Our goal was to make a lap five seconds faster compared to the first tests in Barcelona in 2015. Valtteri Bottas on Ultrasoft did it in 1.19,705. In 2015 the pole position time was 1.24,681. So the goal is reached”.
Yesterday Pirrelli tested the wet tyres on an artificially wetted the track.
“Yesterday, we first tested the rain tires on new cars – continued Isola. – Thanks to new sizes and tread Wet tyres now able to take 85 litres of water is 65 per second at a speed of 300 km/h. the Intermediate bus is also now withdrawn 30 litres instead of 25.
We have collected all the necessary data for analysis before the second tests, which will be held next week”.
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