Day three of testing took a chilly turn with a blanket of snow overnight. The red flag started the session due to the inability of the medical helicopter to fly and efforts were made to clear the track so teams could run if the red flag was lifted.
The snow continued and teams looked to re-schedule looked to re-schedule but as it is, they have one less day of testing. While the snow stopped and temps crept up, on a few cars went on track and most called it a day. Ferrari said:
“Even when the snowfall turned to rain in the afternoon, temperatures never reached the sort of numbers required to run a Formula 1 car,” Ferrari said.
“Air temperature just crept over two degrees with the track a fraction more.
“There was no point in venturing out, because with such low temperatures, even the wet tyres would not work properly and furthermore, running would not generate any worthwhile data on how the car was performing.
“Come the afternoon, Kimi and the team took the only reasonable decision, namely to write off the day, which under the current regulations cannot be recovered later.”
It is the risk you run and the costs of going rather south is one of the larger inhibitors to doing so. The teams have a lot of work to compress into the remaining tests days.
I’m not entirely sure what they are complaining about because Pirelli should have brought their snow tire. ;)