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Paul Ricard test summary

Formula 1 prepares for Monaco and Canada Grands Prix at the Paul Ricard HTTT All Formula 1 teams came to the Paul Ricard HTTT during 4 days to complete an official test session before the Monaco Grand Prix. Most of the race drivers were...

Formula 1 prepares for Monaco and Canada Grands Prix at the Paul Ricard HTTT

All Formula 1 teams came to the Paul Ricard HTTT during 4 days to complete an official test session before the Monaco Grand Prix. Most of the race drivers were present for this rendezvous.

Since Tuesday, the 11 F1 World Championship teams chose the exceptional and high tech Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT to make their last set ups before Monaco Grand Prix (May 27th) and Canada Grand Prix (June 10th).

During the first two days, the teams concentrated their efforts on the preparation of the Monaco Grand Prix. The 11 single-seaters used the slow and sinuous track solution 2D SC Short (3.593 km) with the Hairpin, 2 chicanes in the Mistral straight, the Signes Chicane and the Petit Beausset turn.

The next 2 days, drivers shared for the first time a long and fast track solution 1E V2 SC Short (5.255 km) with the Suzuka corner to prepare the Canadia Grand Prix.

Over the 4 days no less than 29 drivers were present, taking over from each other at the wheel of their own team's car. The current leader of the championship, Lewis Hamilton, drove the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on Tuesday and Wednesday, and set the best session lap time on the 2D SC Short in 1:05.614, without improving the record of Kimi Raïkkönen on the same track solution in May 2005 (in 1:04.106, with McLaren Mercedes).

The Finnish driver tested on Thursday and Friday with Scuderia Ferrari: he set the best session lap time on the 1E V2 SC Short in 1:28.624, and so realised the record on this track solution.

Also to be seen on Wednesday French driver Sébastien Bourdais (three times ChampCar champion) at the wheel of the Toro Rosso car.

Close to 20,000 km have been completed over the 4 test days. Thanks to the quite unusual Paul Ricard HTTT infrastructures and the efficiency of Rescue Teams, almost all the drivers were able to complete each day the equivalent of a Grand Prix distance.

-credit: paul ricard

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