Ricciardo leads first day of Pirelli wet weather tire test

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Red Bull leading wasn’t a headline we wrote often in 2015, but it’ll be a nice start to the headlines for the first official 2016 on-track running.

Even if the on-track running isn’t in any way tied into an official preseason test or a race weekend. Yet, anyway.

Still, during the first of Pirelli’s two-day wet weather tire test, Daniel Ricciardo set a best time of 1:08.713 over 80 laps in the 2015 Red Bull RB11 chassis to lead the way at Circuit Paul Ricard.

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne (1:09.131, 87 laps) and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen (1:09.637, 99 laps) also tested today to contribute to Pirelli’s 285 laps of wet weather running today.

The circuit was artificially dampened to provide the wet weather running conditions. Teams ran 10 lap stints and ran 10 seconds apart to maintain consistent conditions.

Daniil Kvyat and Sebastian Vettel will take over from Ricciardo and Raikkonen, respectively, on Tuesday.

Pirelli posted an assortment of photos to its Twitter feed over the day as it sorts its wet-weather compounds for 2016.