Pirelli completed the final test with its 2017 prototype Formula 1 tyres in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, and admitted the “hard work” starts now.
After 24 days of running, the final day of work was wrapped up by Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari, the three teams that have carried out all the testing during 2016.
Kimi Raikkonen was in action for Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton and Pascal Wehrlein drove for Mercedes. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo took to the track in the Red Bull.
Between them, a total of 331 laps of the Yas Marina circuit were completed.
Pirelli said approximately 96 different compounds were tested and now Pirelli must decide which one they will be used during the 2017 season.
“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 boss 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.”