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