Pirelli confirm Paul Ricard testing driver line-up


Pirelli have confirmed the full driver line-up for the wet weather compound test at the Paul Ricard Circuit next week.

Beginning of this month, the Italian tyre manufacturer announced a wet tyre test to give them the opportunity to gain valuable information of their wet tyres, also allowing them to test prototypes of wet tyres. The FIA will monitor the test so participating teams gain no advantage over their absent rivals.

Only Scuderia Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and McLaren-Honda will participate in the two-day testing. The teams are only allowed to run their 2015 car, with no testing of new parts allowed. The testing is solely focused on tyre data for Pirelli.

Ferrari have confirmed that their 2016 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will run the car on both days. Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat will share the work load for Red Bull. Ricciardo will drive the car on Monday 25 while Kvyat will take over on Tuesday 26. McLaren is the only team that will not use either of its senior drivers as GP2 Series Champion Stoffel Vandoorne will take the wheel for both days.

The Paul Ricard test will be the first F1 action for the 2016 season, with the first chance to see the 2016 cars in action next month when the first winter test begins in Barcelona on February 22.