Red Bull Racing is about to test run its brand new V8-powered 2013 car at Paul Ricard in France on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to help Pirelli’s preparations for 2017 F1 race.
Located in Le Castellet, France, the Circuit Paul Ricard is a motorsport race track built in 1969 with the help from business magnate Paul Ricard. It’s the good combination of innovative facilities, mild winter weather and an airstrip that made it one of the safest motor racing circuits in the world and top testing facility for Motorsport teams.
The circuit, which is built on a plateau, is characterized by its long Mistral straight (about 1.8 km long) and elongated track design. Its elevation ranges from 408 to 441 meters above sea level and has flexibility and mild winter weather, making it an ideal testing site for most motorsport teams, including Formula One teams.
As part of a deal agreed with several F1 teams to ensure that Pirelli has enough opportunity to develop the wider tyres that will be used for next year competition, an extensive testing program has been put together.The Circuit Paul Ricard test will be conducted by Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly.
Once that first phase of testing is completed, Pirelli will then be running modified 2015 cars that will simulate the higher downforce levels that are expected for 2017 F1 race competition.
Tests will take place at Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Fiorano and Mugello starting in August, with a further test expected to take place after the season in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.
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