Paul Ricard simulates wet weather tests

The Paul Ricard circuit, officially known as Le Castellet, in the South of France can now offer teams simulated wet weather conditions for testing. A 315-strong computerized sprinkler system has been developed to produce various wet conditions and...

The Paul Ricard circuit, officially known as Le Castellet, in the South of France can now offer teams simulated wet weather conditions for testing. A 315-strong computerized sprinkler system has been developed to produce various wet conditions and could help with tyre development.

"We've been investigating the best way to give teams the opportunity of doing 'wet-track' testing for two years," said circuit boss Philippe Gurdjian, according to Autosport. "This is a sophisticated solution that can simulate many track conditions."

The Toyota F1 team, which runs on Michelin tyres, frequently use the Paul Ricard circuit as a testing ground but it's not been an often used track for others. That may change now the new rules state only wet tyre compound can be used per race weekend.

Mike Gascoyne, technical director for Renualt, which also uses Michelins, said: "Now there's only one wet tyre allowed, it has to work. The hope is that this (system) will help Michelin develop that."

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Drivers Mike Gascoyne