New, wider 2017 Pirelli tire testing wraps up in Abu Dhabi (PHOTOS)

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Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari concluded the run of 2017 Pirelli tire testing for 2016 on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Unlike in recent years where a young driver test has followed the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Pirelli tire testing of the new wider compounds for next year is the only additional F1 on-track action completed after the race.

Mercedes ran Lewis Hamilton and later Pascal Wehrlein, the German taking over once Hamilton felt unwell after early runs. Kimi Raikkonen was in the Ferrari with both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

Per Pirelli, the three cars total completed a combined total of 331 laps, equivalent to around 1839 kilometres or six Abu Dhabi Grand Prix distances. Approximately 96 different prototypes were tested, with all the teams running a variety of specifications in order to maximize data collection.

“For the final test of the year, we had five F1 race drivers sample our 2017 prototypes as we completed the development programme with three cars at the same time,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery. “Now the hard work begins as we collate and analyse the results of our 24 days and approximately 12,000 kilometres of testing in order to define the tyres with which we will go racing next year.”

Words don’t necessarily do tire testing justice, while the photos of the new tires do, and they’re below. Pirelli posted a number of shots on Twitter.