Pirelli has been another busy bee this past week – the company completed its private testing campaign in Abu Dhabi ahead of the 2011 Formula One season, for which the Italian tyre firm has been appointed sole supplier in a three-year agreement, to 2013.

Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa spent four days at the wheel of the Toyota TF109 that has been used to test the Italian rubber since August – two days to run through the entire range of PZero dry tyres and two nights to test the wet and intermediate tyres.

The wet weather test made history, as it was the first time that a Formula One car had been run in wet conditions at night, with floodlighting. In order to replicate rainy conditions, tankers dampened the 3.1 km north loop of the Yas Marina circuit with approximately 140,000 litres of water over two evening sessions that lasted from 6pm to midnight.

Elsewhere, the Italian tyre company announced that it would also be supplying rubbers for the Citroen Racing Trophy from this coming season, with another three-year agreement set in place as exclusive supplier.

The one-make rally series will take place throughout 10 countries in 2011, and is open to all Citroen two-wheel drive rally cars, including the C2-R2 MAX and the more recent DS3 R3. The selection of asphalt and gravel tyres will feature tech based on the covers supplied to the World Rally Championship, which the company was also an exclusive provider for in 2008-2010.