Wednesday's programme had been exclusively reserved for Pirelli tyre testing, with driving duties undertaken by the team’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who had his first-ever run in a Formula 1 car today.
It was a successful and trouble-free day, Stoffel impressing the team with his maturity, feedback and pace. He went on to complete 136 laps – more than any other driver – running all his tyre testing on Pirelli’s Hard compound, while all other cars used Medium or Soft tyres.
By completing more than 600km, Stoffel today accrued enough mileage (300km) to earn himself a Formula 1 Superlicence.
Speaking afterwards, Stoffel said: “This has been a fantastic day for me: my first...
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