Analysis of Barcelona first test – 2015

Once again in Barcelona, as was the case at the first test in Jerez, we had quite cool weather and a sprinkling of rain, but the teams were still able to get through a considerable testing distance, with all the compounds apart from the full wet tried out, although there was very little significant running on the intermediate. Montmelóis well known as a technical and wide-ranging circuit, which makes it an ideal test venue to investigate every aspect of tyre behaviour.

It’s still too early to draw too many conclusions about the year ahead, but the lap times already indicate that the cars are even faster this year, with many of the testing times comfortably inside last year’s pole position. The teams were able to work through quite a varied programme, including pit stop procedure, in order to acquaint themselves with the characteristics of the 2015 Pirelli range, and match them to their new cars.

This work will continue during the next test in Barcelona, which takes place from next Thursday onwards, and is the final opportunity for the teams to prepare their cars before the first grand prix of the season. At this time, we’re also pleased to announce that as was the case last year, Pirelli will be the Title Sponsor of the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España in May, and the Formula 1 Magyar Nagydíj 2015 in July.”

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director

In addition to the usual 2015 tyre range, teams were also able to try out a prototype medium at Barcelona, which is being assessed by Pirelli for development purposes. Any teams that had not used their allocation of ‘winter hard’ prototypes at Jerez were also allowed to carry them over to Barcelona.

Each team is allocated a total of 110 sets of tyres for testing purposes throughout 2015; down from 135 sets last year.

Fastest laps and tyre choices per day:

Day 1 Maldonado (Lotus) 69 laps 1m25.011s Soft
Day 2 Ricciardo (Red Bull) 143 laps 1m24.574s Soft
Day 3 Maldonado (Lotus) 104 laps 1m24.348s Supersoft
Day 4 Grosjean (Lotus) 111 laps 1m24.067s Supersoft

After four days of testing a total of 3134 laps were covered, with the performance gains in evidence compared to last year’s Spanish Grand Prix pole time of 1m25.232s. This year’s Pirelli tyres feature a new rear construction, which distributes temperature more evenly and also contributes to a reduction in lap time.

One more four-day test session will follow at Barcelona next week from February 26-March 1.

Testing statistics:

Tyre sets brought to Barcelona: 398
(18 supersoft; 56 soft; 135 medium; 51 hard; 70 intermediate; 44 full wet, 18 prototype medium, 6 winter hard)

Tyre sets used: 261
(11 supersoft; 56 soft; 126 medium; 35 hard; 9 intermediate; 0 full wet, 18 prototype medium, 6 winter hard)

Longest run per tyre:

Supersoft: Felipe Nasr; Sergio Perez; Pascal Wehrlein 5 laps
Soft: Valtteri Bottas 16 laps
Medium: Max Verstappen 24 laps
Hard: Valtteri Bottas 27 laps
Prototipo medium Daniel Ricciardo 14 laps
Intermediate Sebastian Vettel 7 laps
Full wet 0 laps
Winter hard Jolyon Palmer 14 laps