Rain stops play at Pirelli test in France

Paul Ricard, France

The first day of a two day Pirelli test at Paul Ricard had to be cut short due to wet conditions at the circuit on Thursday.

Pirelli have had to curtail the first day of a two day test at the Paul Ricard in the south of France. McLaren are scheduled to complete a two day run on the new 18 inch tyre compounds, and Carlos Sainz was at the wheel of the MCL34 with the bigger wheels on Wednesday.

The test is only slick tyre testing for now, meaning that when inclement weather struck the track, it restricted track running to a grand total of just 39 laps by the close of business.

McLaren are scheduled to run again on Wednesday, with Lando Norris taking over driving duties of the car.

This is the second of three planned tests of the new 2021 wheels in 2019, with Renault carrying out tests with Sergey Sirotkin at the same circuit last month. Mercedes are also scheduled to carry out a test at Paul Ricard next month – the last test before the full field begins proper testing in earnest in the new year. All data accumulated will be shared across all the teams, while 2020 will see all the teams given the opportunity to run the new compounds.

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