Pirelli has completed its private testing campaign ahead of the 2011 Formula One season after Pedro de la Rosa had spent four days at the wheel of the Toyota TF109 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Two days of the run were dedicated to the entire range of PZero dry tyres, completing 1400 kilometres of running, going through all four compounds in the dry tyre range, from supersoft to hard. The following two nights, the first time a Formula One car had been run in wet conditions in the dark, the Spaniard tested the wet and intermediate tyres. In order to replicate rainy conditions, tankers dampened the 3.1-kilometre north loop of the circuit with approximately 140,000 litres of water.
Yas Marina boasts the largest bespoke sports lighting facility in the world, so de la Rosa completed 13 runs and 119 laps in cooler conditions at night, totalling around 372 kilometres. He did a similar distance during the second night, but this time focused on testing the intermediate tyre and determining the crossover point, during which it is necessary to make the switch from full wets to intermediates and vice versa. Pirelli completed more than 2000 kilometres in Abu Dhabi to add to the 1100 kilometres racked up in Bahrain last week. This brings the total testing kilometres accumulated by Pirelli since the first tyres took to the Italian circuit of Mugello in August up to more than 20,000 and the Italians are confident to be well prepared for the upcoming season.