Alpine tech issue curtailed wet-weather tyre test

Henry Valantine
Fernando Alonso drives his Alpine at Imola on intermediate tyres.

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso heads around Imola on intermediate tyres.

An issue suffered by Alpine halved theirs and Pirelli’s latest test of their 2022 wet and intermediate tyres at Magny-Cours.

Alpine reserve driver Daniil Kvyat was behind the wheel of a 2018 R.S. 18 in Alpine branding in France as he became the latest driver to test the wet rubber being introduced by Pirelli next season.

The former host circuit of the French Grand Prix has the capacity to be artificially watered, but that was not needed because of the weather conditions as the Russian took to the track and completed 91 laps of the circuit in all on his first day of running.

It was expected to be a two-day test, however, and Pirelli confirmed a technical problem suffered by the Alpine meant the second day of the planned running was curtailed completely.

The inclement weather on day one forced Kvyat to run the full wet tyres for most of the day, scuppering the plans which had been earmarked as using the first day for intermediate running and the second for full wets.

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Alpine have not confirmed the issue which ruled out their second day of testing, and Pirelli appear set to announce in due course when the running time can be made up.

The teams and drivers have taken part in multiple in-season tests arranged by Pirelli so far this season, as Formula 1’s tyre manufacturer gets ready to introduce its new 18-inch tyre compounds from 2022 onwards.

Introducing the new rubber is a part of the new sweeping regulation changes coming for next year, implemented by Formula 1 in the hope of producing closer racing.

Within that, the remit set for Pirelli has been to produce tyres which will enable the drivers to push harder on them for a longer period of time without overheating – which has long been a complaint of the current compounds.

Further testing is still to take place later in the season, and Pirelli themselves want to test their new tyres while the cars run in traffic to aid their continual development of the new tyres.