16:02 – Pirelli has played down suggestions that Sebastian Vettel’s strong form so far this season is connected to him completing more development testing through 2016.

Ferrari driver Vettel carried out over 2,000km of running, and team-mate Kimi Räikkönen passed the 1,000km mark, while Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton only covered 50km.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that this may have been a mistake, with his drivers experiencing on/off tyre struggles over the early stages of the 2017 campaign.

However, Pirelli chief Paul Hembery doubts that Vettel’s extra running “helped practically”, reiterating that drivers racked up laps without knowing what tyres they were testing.

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