Fer­rari forced to cut wet-weather Pirelli tyre test­ing short af­ter Vet­tel crash

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Fer­rari was forced to cut its Pirelli tyre test­ing a day short last week af­ter Se­bas­tian Vet­tel crashed its devel­op­ment car.

Fer­rari was due to un­der­take two days of test­ing with Pirelli’s 2017spec wet tyres at Fio­rano, but was forced to can the sec­ond day af­ter the Ger­man dam­aged the car.

Vet­tel was at the wheel on an ar­ti­fi­cially soaked track when his car snapped right on a shal­low left­hand kink af­ter the bridge cross­ing. He hit the bar­ri­ers head-on.

While Vet­tel es­caped with just mi­nor bruis­ing, the car was side­lined due to a lack of spare parts. Fer­rari was test­ing the tyres on a mod­i­fied ver­sion of its SF15-T chal­lenger, fit­ted with new front and rear wings.

The fo­cus of the test had been for Vet­tel to give Pirelli feed­back on how the new tyres be­haved, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on their warm-up char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Is­sues with warm-up had been high­lighted dur­ing last year’s Brazil­ian GP, and Pirelli is keen to ad­dress that, es­pe­cially with the sport’s agree­ment to re­sume races from stand­ing starts this year fol­low­ing safety car pe­ri­ods.

Vet­tel crashed on first day of test

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