Sebastian Vettel quickest on final day of Pirelli’s wet test

by Gemma Bray

Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was the quickest on the second and final day of Pirelli’s wet weather test at the Paul Ricard Circuit on Tuesday.

Vettel encountered no dramas during his run today after taking over from Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. With a best lap time that was set near the end of the session of 1m06.750s, faster than both Daniil Kvyat and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Those participating in Pirelli’s wet weather test completed runs of up to 15 laps to focus on work in drying conditions, completing a total of 374 laps, more than what was completed yesterday at Paul Ricard. Kvyat took over from Daniel Ricciardo and was second fastest behind Vettel with a time of 1m06.833s, his run was cut short by an unspecified problem with the car.

Bad luck continued into the second day of testing for McLaren-Honda reserve driver Vandoorne as he recovered from an early morning mechanical problem. This forced the Belgian to stay in the pits for a short time, he still managed to set the third fastest time of 1m07.758s.

Pirelli’s two-day wet tyre test will be the last time the 2015-spec Formula 1 cars run. With the next official testing due to be in Barcelona on February 22 for pre-season testing of 2016-spec cars. Sauber will be the only team to take an updated version of its 2015 car to Barcelona as its 2016 car will not appear until the second test.

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