The twelve F1 teams will get to sample Pirelli rubber for the first time when two days of testing gets underway tomorrow [Friday] in Abu Dhabi.

The new tyre supplier will take medium and soft compound tyres to the test, which comes after Pirelli carried out of a programme of eight private tests back in Europe.

In those tests, the Toyota TF109 chosen as a development car has racked up around 7000 kilometres with Nick Heidfeld, Romain Grosjean and Pedro De La Rosa at the wheel at Mugello, Monza, Barcelona, Valencia, Jerez and Paul Ricard.

During the two days of running, each team will have eight sets of tyres available with four sets being used on each day.

"We come to these tests with plenty of confidence and satisfaction with our work carried out so far," Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said. "The tests in Europe have given us all the data we needed at this current phase of development.

"From tomorrow, the drivers and engineers from every team will give us their opinions and feedback, which are of vital importance for the second phase of testing: a challenge that we are already well-prepared for."

After Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will move on to Bahrain in early December for more private testing, in preparation for the first official tests with all the teams next year, which get underway in January.



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