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Pirelli two-day wet tyre test sees McLaren struggle // Honda have engine problems as Kimi berates the tyres

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Pirelli two-day wet tyre test sees McLaren struggle
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It’s a familiar story, the McLaren-Honda partnership failing to complete their testing programmes. This time, the team were participating in Pirelli’s two-day wet tyre test, along with Red Bull and Ferrari. The cars and engines in use were 2015-spec which goes some way to explaining why McLaren found themselves with power unit problems cutting one of their day short.

Otherwise, Daniel Ricciardo was quickest on day one and Sebastian Vettel on day two, although the times mean next to nothing in a wet test on prototype tyres with only three teams in attendance.

Ferrari’s Kimi Räikönnen wasn’t sure the new tyres were any good, though, he said: “I think we preferred last year’s tyres but it’s too early to say.”

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne added: “We tested the different specs, which felt very similar, although we didn’t know what they were as it was a blind test. It was about giving information as to how the tyres react, and Pirelli did a decent job.”