A Pirelli test will be held in Abu Dhabi to try out new tires for 2016
Following an agreement ratified by the FIA World Council, Pirelli will hold a tire test in Abu Dhabi after the final grand prix of the 2015 season.
The one-day test will take place on Tuesday 1 December from 9am-9pm continuously, dedicated to slick tire development.
Teams have been asked to run preferably race or reserve drivers, and they will not be allowed to try new parts nor alter the cars during the test. All of the teams involve will field one car each, but participation is voluntary.
Pirelli will define the test program for each car. The tires used during this test will not be considered as part of the testing allocation for 2015.
The Italian tire firm requested the Abu Dhabi session in order to develop a new construction for the 2016 slick tires as well as test the new Ultrasoft compound, which will form part of the P Zero Formula One range next year. The Ultrasoft will be distinguished by purple markings on the sidewall. This color was chosen by fans who were asked to vote for either purple or silver via Pirelli’s social media channels. Purple was a resounding winner, capturing 85% of the votes.