However the test which was scheduled to evaluate Pirelli’s dry-weather slick tyre was hit by rain in the afternoon.
Rosberg covered 60 laps at the Spanish Grand Prix venue, 46 of which were on slick tyres. The championship leader drove a 2015 Mercedes W05 chassis modified to simulate the increased downforce levels expected on next year’s cars.
Pirelli’s test will continue tomorrow and on Friday Red Bull will begin a three-day test of the development slick tyre compound at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Formula One’s official tyre supplier is currently lobbying to hold a test of its 2017 tyres in hot conditions in Bahrain next season instead of Europe.
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year