GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: FFA cup trophy before the FFA Cup match between Palm Beach and South Melbourne at Cbus Super Stadium on July 29, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
The first four days of pre-season Formula 1 testing concluded on Thursday where a total of 3185 laps were covered between the ten teams present, a total of 14.826 kms.

From Monday to Wednesday, the drivers tested the new wider slick tyres on 2017 cars for the first time and on the fourth and final day they tried the wet-weather tyres on an artificially-dampened circuit, using both the full wet and intermediate.

“We're satisfied with the results of these four days,” said Mario Isola, Pirelli Racing Manager. “From what we can see up to now, the new product is in line with our expectations. For the 2017 season, the sport asked us to develop tyres with less degradation, which allow drivers to push to the maximum. That's what we've seen during these four days of testing so far, and what we'll continue to see in the second four-day session next week.”

“During the first session, the lap times have already been lowered considerably. The target was for lap times that were five seconds faster compared to Barcelona in 2015. On Wednesday, Valtteri Bottas set a best time of 1:19.705 on ultrasoft tyres. Considering that the pole time in 2015 at Barcelona was 1:24.681s I would say that this objective has been met.”

“We also saw the new wet weather tyres on track for the first time on the 2017 cars. The combination of new dimensions and a new tread pattern means that the water expulsion capacity of the Cinturato Blue full wet tyre has gone up from 65 to 85 litres of water per second, per tyre, at 300kph. The Cinturato Green intermediate also has an increase: from 25 to 30 litres of water per second dispersed.”

“We've now collected plenty more data for our engineers to analyse ahead of the next test session that takes place from March 7-10, again in Barcelona.”

 

BEST TIMES – OVERALL
Driver Team Compound LapTime Test Day
Bottas Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,705 DAY 3
Vettel Ferrari SOFT 01:19,952 DAY 3
Raikkonen Ferrari SOFT 01:20,960 DAY 2
Hamilton Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:20,983 DAY 2
Ricciardo Red Bull SOFT 01:21,153 DAY 3
Palmer Renault SOFT 01:21,396 DAY 3
Verstappen Red Bull SOFT 01:21,769 DAY 4
Hulkenberg Renault SOFT 01:21,791 DAY 3
Ericsson Sauber SUPERSOFT 01:21,824 DAY 3
Massa Williams SOFT 01:22,076 DAY 1
Grosjean Haas SUPERSOFT 01:22,118 DAY 3
Magnussen Haas SUPERSOFT 01:22,204 DAY 2
Stroll Williams SOFT 01:22,351 DAY 3
Giovinazzi Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,401 DAY 4
Ocon Force India SUPERSOFT 01:22,509 DAY 2
Perez Force India SUPERSOFT 01:22,534 DAY 4
Vandoorne McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:22,576 DAY 4
Alonso McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:22,598 DAY 3
Kvyat Toro Rosso SOFT 01:22,956 DAY 2
Sainz J Toro Rosso MEDIUM 01:23,540 DAY 3
Celis Force India ULTRASOFT 01:23,568 DAY 3