Pirelli set for an 12 hour test following the Abu Dhabi GP

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It was announced yesterday that Formula 1 is set to run a 12-hour one-day test following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the plan was backed by teams at a meeting of the sporting directors.

The Italian manufacturer has long been keen to finalise the details of the test which will be taking place on Tuesday 1st December to gather data on its new fifth super-super soft compound.

It is understood that Pirelli has presented its run plans to the teams, who met in Mexico on Thursday nd as is the case with tyre-specific tests; it will pick up the cost of the circuit hire and the tyres.

The test is open to all teams with Pirelli requesting they run at least one race driver each as they will have the most experience of the current tyres which will enhance the feedback on the new compound.

Pirelli is asking fans to vote on social media for their choice of colour for the new compound between purple and silver and it is understood the former is currently the frontrunner.

It also understood that the two-day wet-weather test, which has received the backing of the teams, has been pencilled in for 25-26 January 2016.

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