Pirelli has completed the final test of the year following a five-day session at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. In total, the Pirelli testing team completed nearly 3,000 kilometers, with Pedro de la Rosa and Romain Grosjean in charge of driving duties. The Bahrain test means Pirelli has completed more than 10,000 kilometers of private testing, not counting the official two-day test in Abu Dhabi last month.
The Bahrain test, which was interrupted by a sandstorm, focused on refining both the compound and construction of the Italian company's new tires.
"I think this goes to show that, wherever you are in the world, uncertain weather can arrive in a variety of forms," said Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery. "But Formula 1 is all about expecting the unexpected, and we were able to quickly react to these changing circumstances by extending our test.
"With the extra time we had, we were probably able to put in a little bit more work than we had originally planned, so everything worked out very well in the end. We ran through our entire dry tire range, and to have reached the point where we are at now, just five months after the F1 tires ran for the very first time at Mugello in August, is an incredible testimony to the commitment and capability shown by every member of our team.
"We ran two drivers in order to compare two different sets of feedback, and the fact that they were both saying the same positive things at the end of the test only underlines the progress that we have made. There's still some work to do, but we can head into 2011 with confidence."
Pirelli will be back in action in Bahrain on Jan. 9-10, before moving onto a three-day test in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 15-18.