Pirelli test wet tyres at night in Abu Dhabi

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Pirelli concluded their series of private tests with a wet weather tyre test at Abu Dhabi.

Unusually, the test was run under lights at night time.

F1 has never had a wet night race before, and the pictures and video from the test below give an impression of what one would look like.

Pirelli’s Formula One team director Paul Hembery said the purpose of the test was to evaluate how the tyres would perform on a hot but wet track:

It is seven months since we started developing our tyres and five since we started with the actual testing. We are very satisfied with the results so far and we have also collected very positive feedback from the teams.

Soon it will be time to get started in Spain where the first official test of the season will take place. We will use this opportunity to gather more feedback from teams and drivers and be ready for the Bahrain Grand Prix in March.
Paul Hembery

Pedro de la Rosa was at the wheel’s of Pirelli’s Toyota TF109. The team also continued their slick tyre tests.

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48 comments on Pirelli test wet tyres at night in Abu Dhabi

  1. Calum (@calum) said on 17th January 2011, 21:36

    I’d hate to be the guy who had to tell the driver that there was a (more than one) hole in his tanker….

  2. A wet test in Abu Dhabi?

    Surely there are wetter places?

    Or is it just because they have more data to compare to?

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 17th January 2011, 21:46

      If you see the video, they flooded the track with a tank.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 17th January 2011, 21:49

      As they say, to see how the tires are affected by a hot, but wet track. You could get a wet track somewhere else, more easily <-(can you say that? it sound weird to me), but a hot track is probably not the easiest thing to find right now with a chance of rain.

    • Adrian said on 17th January 2011, 21:52

      They used Abu Dhabi because they wanted to test somewhere warm to simulate the conditions of a wet race in some of the Asian races where it stays warm even when wet and they tested at night because they didn’t want the sun to evaporate the water.

      I’m not sure whether Abu Dhabi doesn’t also have a sprinkler system like Paul Ricard – I’m sure Keith or someone can confirm that or not.

    • MattW said on 19th January 2011, 9:57

      Yeh they would now have data from the dry test at the end of the season to compare this new wet data against

  3. verstappen said on 17th January 2011, 21:44

    A wet nightrace is probably just as ‘fun’ as the first laps of Korea … But I would love a little intermediate-suited sprinkle in Singapore!

    • That’s it isn’t it? The best wet races are the ones that are almost but not quite either wet or dry… That gets the boffins on the pit wall thinking.

  4. Oh by the way, the TF109 surely must be one of the most tested cars that have not actually been raced

  5. Fixy (@fixy) said on 17th January 2011, 21:45

    Why didn’t we get any pictures of previous tests?

  6. James said on 17th January 2011, 21:51

    One word. Epic.

  7. snowman said on 17th January 2011, 22:03

    why can’t we have that tanker at boring tracks like Barcelona and Bahrain!!

    • HounslowBusGarage said on 17th January 2011, 22:15

      What about halfway through a boring race?
      No overtaking after twenty laps? Right. Send out the water tanker to liven things up a bit!

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th January 2011, 8:12

        Lets exchange it for the safety car. They will all have to follow it around once and then racing is on!

        This will be triggered by Whiting juding the lack of overtaking or close racing during the 2nd half of the race, except … etc.

        And maybe mix some oil into the water to make it more exiting at times?

        • BBT (@bbt) said on 18th January 2011, 8:30

          a better idea is water sprinkler at the front of each car. If a car is behind is with a second the sprinkers on the car in front spray water on the front tyres so the car behind has a better chance of overtaking

  8. The tyre evaluation form at the end an interesting hint at the work that goes into developing the tyre. I wonder how they balance that off against the variables like driver and set up etc.

  9. -drool-

  10. looks good..

    dont you think the striaght edge of the pirelli logo makes the tyres look funny :)

  11. taurus (@taurus) said on 17th January 2011, 23:38

    <—– praying for rain in singapore or abu dhabi this year

  12. mcmercslr (@mcmercslr) said on 17th January 2011, 23:57

    it’s so nice to watch f1 with no commentary at all, just hearing everything that goes on around the track

  13. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 18th January 2011, 0:08

    Papa’s got a brand-new desktop wallpaper!

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 18th January 2011, 0:23

      Me too. This pic beautifully demonstrates the carbon layup of the rear wing. I wish some team would do a raw carbon livery with some minimal pinstriping or something in the spirit of the original silver arrows, paintless. The new Renault livery actually would’ve looked fantastic in raw carbon and gold rather than black and gold. Would’ve given the JPS livery a modern twist as well.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th January 2011, 8:13

        My favourite for that is HRT. It’s almost the colour they raced in last year and it would save them the trouble of painting the parts at the last minute before qualifying!

        I would love it if they did.

  14. sato113 said on 18th January 2011, 1:35


  15. schooner (@schooner) said on 18th January 2011, 1:41

    When I read that Pirelli was going to do some wet track testing in Abu Dhabi, I assumed that there must be some sort of high tech and incredibly expensive rain simulating system installed at the circuit. I was surprised to see that it was just a tanker truck spitting water out the back. No wonder they had to run the test at night!

  16. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 18th January 2011, 2:03

    I hope it rains this year in Singapore through the whole weekend.

  17. GeeMac said on 18th January 2011, 6:28

    The Pirelli logo on the name doesnt look right to me…surely it would be better to just write “Pirelli” on the sidewall the same way they have written “P Zero”?

    Random post…but important I think!

  18. McLarenFanJamm (@mclarenfanjamm) said on 18th January 2011, 8:40

    Looking at the pics has reminded me of what an ugly nose conse the TF109 had. truly awful.

    Abu Dhabi certainly looks a lot less impressive with the Hotel’s lights off doesn’t it?

  19. The Sri Lankan said on 18th January 2011, 10:17

    makes me sad to see a Toyota being used for testing and not for races in F1. i hope they come back to F1

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