Pirelli has started a special two-day test at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi which will see Pedro de la Rosa hit the track for the first ever wet weather night test.
The circuit has been coated in water for the test, which will see de la Rosa complete more than 1,000km of running over the course of last night and tonight.
The test will be the final private one carried out by Pirelli as it prepares to make its return to F1 this year, with running them continuing with the resumption of official testing at Valencia at the start of February.
“These tests will provide us with useful information to finalise our tyre development process for Formula One,” Pirelli F1 team director Paul Hembery told the official F1 website. “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.
“This is a unique opportunity to witness a Formula One test car on track at night in the wet and on hot tarmac, in an entirely floodlit setting. We decided to do it this way because we want to challenge our rain tyres with the most difficult and demanding of all situations. And who knows, perhaps it could be a good idea for a future Grand Prix?”