Ever since F1 started racing in the Middle East, there’s been talk of the unusual prospect of a wet Grand Prix in the desert. So far, it’s not happened, but today’s test was badly affected by rain, with more than 4 hours of track time lost. The teams had no Wet or Intermediate tyres available as, naturally enough, they had not requested any from Pirelli.
Honda was supplying PUs for three cars today – one each for the team test for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso and a further one for a second Toro Rosso car, as the Italian team was also involved in a test for Pirelli, working on development of tyres for the 2020 season. Max Verstappen was on driving duty for Red Bull, completing 62 laps over the course of the day. In the Toro Rosso camp, Alex Albon was driving for the team test, putting in 71 laps, while Daniil Kvyat was on Pirelli duties and did 45 laps. There’s one more day of running here in the desert, when hopefully the weather will improve. The Toro Rosso driver line-up remains unchanged, while Dan Ticktum, a product of the Red Bull Junior Driver programme, who is about to start racing in Japan in the Super Formula this year, will be in the Red Bull.