Red Bull investigating options of Mercedes style Pirelli test

Red Bull mechanic with Pirelli tyres

Red Bull mechanic with Pirelli tyres

World champion team Red Bull is not ruling out following the lead of their rivals Mercedes and conducting a private test with Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli.

Mercedes and Pirelli were reprimanded by the FIA recently, after news of their ‘secret’ 1000 km test at Barcelona with a 2013 car took the paddock by surprise.

But F1’s governing body did not ban that sort of tyre test altogether, albeit insisting that strict guidelines be followed in future.

Ferrari, albeit with a two-year-old car, has also tested with Pirelli in 2013. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said that the reigning world champions could be next in line.

“We will see,” he is quoted by Sporting Life. “It is something we have to discuss with Pirelli.”

Horner said that the important thing about individual teams conducting tyre testing with Pirelli in future is that “It has to be done transparently”.

“We don’t want people sneaking off behind closed doors – and wearing nondescript helmets,” he said, referring to one of the aspects of Mercedes’ test that so riled the paddock. (GMM)

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