Pirelli concludes 2017 F1 tire test with busy day in Abu Dhabi
This year’s F1 track action came to an end on Tuesday after Pirelli conducted the 24th and last day of its 2017 prototype tire testing.
For the first time, the three converted 2015 “mule cars” ran on track together for what the Italian company called its final validation test before next year’s specification is set.
Kimi Raikkonen drove for Ferrari while Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen took turns at Red Bull. While Nico Rosberg was on PR duty in Malaysia, Lewis Hamilton handed over to Pascal Wehrlein after he felt unwell. The three teams ran a total of 331 laps, trying a variety of specifications.
“For the final test of the year, we had five F1 race drivers sample our 2017 prototypes as we completed the development program with three cars at the same time,” said Pirelli F1 boss Paul Hembery. “Now the hard work begins as we collate and analyze the results of our 24 days and approximately 12,000 kilometers of testing in order to define the tires 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 program.”