Pirelli conclude extra 2020 tyre testing with Mercedes

Barcelona, Spain

Catalunya – Pirelli’s last-minute extra tyre test in Barcelona has concluded, with Mercedes carrying out testing on Tuesday.

Pirelli were granted an extra two day test at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this week, with the tyre manufacturer seeking some extra days before the conclusion of the season in order to help them nail down their 2020 tyre compounds.

Three teams agreed to supply a car and driver for the two days in Spain, which was gratefully received by Pirelli as they acknowledged how difficult it was to do so in light of the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, as well as the following flyaway races. Red Bull & Ferrari tested on Monday, with Alex Albon and Sebastian Vettel carrying out duties at the wheels of their respective cars.

Mercedes’ test team stayed on for Wednesday, with their test and reserve driver Esteban Ocon driving the W10. The Frenchman clocked up 144 laps, just one shy of the amount Vettel managed on Monday. This equated to 670 kilometres, bringing Pirelli’s total for the two days to 404 laps.

Alongside the F1 testing, Pirelli also carried out 18 inch tyre evaluation with a mule Formula 2 car. They clocked up 146 laps in total over the two days. Pirelli say this, along with the extensive F1 mileage, meant useful data was gathered for both championships.

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