AMFerrari, Red Bull Racing and Mercedes stayed behind in Abu Dhabi following the final race of the 2016 Formula One season to conduct a tyre test for Pirelli.
Kimi Raikkonen was action for Ferrari while Pascal Wehrlein and Lewis Hamilton drove for Mercedes, Hamilton cut short his time in the car as he was feeling unwell. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were in action for Red Bull Racing.
The three teams completed 331 laps of the Yas Marina circuit from 9AM – 6PM. The cars used for the test were modified 2015 chassis’ Following the test, Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director commented by saying:
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. 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.