One last outing in 2013 as F1 teams to test with Pirelli in Bahrain
10 December, 2013
The longest season in the sport’s history just got longer as six Formula 1 teams will conduct tyre testing with supplier Pirelli in Bahrain from 17-19 December after the sporting regulations were changed on safety grounds, the governing FIA said on Monday.
The International Automobile Federation said in a statement that World Champions Red Bull, as well as Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso have accepted an invitation open to all teams to test at the Sakhir circuit.
Regular testing is banned until next year under current regulations but Pirelli had called for a dispensation so that they can collect more data about next year’s tyres with representative machinery.
The first regular test of 2014 is only scheduled for late January in Jerez, Spain.
The Italian company is keen to avoid any repeat of this year’s spectacular British Grand Prix blowouts that threw the sport into crisis and forced Pirelli to revise their tyre construction.
Next season brings the introduction of a new V6 turbo-charged engine with energy recovery systems, in place of the old V8, with Pirelli outspoken about the need for more time to test the tyres. (Reuters)
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