Pirelli end 2017 Tyre Tests with Abu Dhabi runs

Red Bull Racing testing the 2017 Pirelli tyres - Credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A

Pirelli concluded their 2017 tyre testing programme as the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull Racing all ran laps around the Yas Marina Circuit earlier this week.

For the first time, all three teams ran at the same venue at the same time with their modified 2015 machines with increased downforce levels to attempt to simulate 2017 levels, and between them they completed 331 laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit, equivalent to six race distances.

Approximately 96 different sets of prototype tyres were used, with Lewis Hamilton and Pascal Wehrlein running for Mercedes, Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari, and Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen for Red Bull.

“For the final test of the year, we had five F1 race drivers sample our 2017 prototypes as we completed the development programme with three cars at the same time,” said Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery.

“Now the hard work begins as we collate and analyse the results of our 24 days and approximately 12,000 kilometres of testing in order to define the tyres with which we will go racing next year. These will then be run on the actual 2017 cars for the first time during the official group tests next February.

“Our latest test in Abu Dhabi went according to plan and we were able to collect the data we needed thanks to the three mule cars from Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari; without whom it would have been impossible to carry out this intense development programme.”