Bottas adds to Pirelli mileage at Paul Ricard
8 September 2017 – Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas completed tyre testing in association with Pirelli at Paul Ricard on Friday.
Pirelli is permitted 25 days of tyre testing per season in order to hone its products for the following year, and Bottas was in action in Mercedes' W08 in southern France.
After Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton completed 114 laps on Thursday, Bottas took over testing duties and added 109 laps in warm and sunny conditions as he trialled Pirelli's 2018 prototype tyres.
As per usual, the test was carried out 'blind', meaning neither driver nor team was aware of the compounds being used, while data will be shared between all squads.
All 10 Formula 1 teams are involved in tyre testing at various stages this year, running 2017 cars, unlike last season, when only Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were active, supplying modified 2015 machines.
Pirelli's next tyre test will take place following the Mexican Grand Prix, with Sauber (two days) and Force India (one day) scheduled to carry out running at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
The final session will then take place at Interlagos, with McLaren providing its MCL32 for two days of running after the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Paul Ricard will act as the venue for next year's returning French Grand Prix.