Pirelli is to use the three-day long Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi to give teams the opportunity to use its 2012 F1 tyre.
The new tyres feature a squarer profile which is designed to distribute wear more evenly, while the softer compounds have been adjusted to reduce the risk of blistering.
Pirelli will supply each team with eight extra sets of tyres for the Abu Dhabi test, comprised of a mix of current compounds and development tyres, which can be used alongside the 100 sets that are available for testing over the course of the year under current regulations.
“Now that the season is virtually over, we're already well underway with our preparations for 2012,” Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery said. “We ran some experimental tyres on Friday in Abu Dhabi, and we'll also be running some new tyres in Brazil. Together with the information we accumulate during the young driver test, we're gathering plenty of data in preparation for next year, where we will see a reduction in lap times between the compounds to hopefully make racing even closer.
“Although the young drivers don't have the same experience as the regular drivers, this three-day test will be a good education for them. It's also very important in terms of information-gathering, for both ourselves and the teams, as we aim to make the tyres an even more prominent feature of the action in 2012.”