Pirelli wet tyre test, Abu Dhabi, 2011

De la Rosa says “Pirelli is ready for F1” after wet test

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pedro de la Rosa gave the thumbs-up to Pirelli’s tyres after concluding a test in Abu Dhabi.

He used the manufacturer’s complete range of dry and wet tyres in the test including intermediate and full wets.

The wet weather running was conducted on the north loop of the track, measuring 3.1km, which was artificially dampened using 140,000 litres of water.

De la Rosa did around 700km of running. Pirelli say they have accumulated 20,000km since their tests began in August.

De la Rosa said:

In my opinion, Pirelli is ready now for Formula One. The dry tyre test went very well, and confirmed everything we had learned in Bahrain the week before.

But the most original part of the test was when we were running at night on the wet tyres, which was as new an experience for me as it was for everyone else. The most important thing was that the water levels were consistent, which allowed us to have some accurate results from the test.

At the end of it, we?ve come up with two tyres ?ǣ wet and intermediate ?ǣ which I believe are both competitive and stable.
Pedro de la Rosa

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