McLaren next in line for private Pirelli test

McLaren testing at Silverstone in July

McLaren testing at Silverstone in July

McLaren is apparently next in line for a private Formula 1 tyre test with Pirelli, according to a report in Speed Week.

It emerged at Monza on Sunday that Red Bull will take a 2011 car to Barcelona this week for a two-day, 1000 kilometre session to test tyres for 2014.

“The tyres will be round and black and unmarked,” motor sport director Paul Hembery insisted.

“So Red Bull will not know what is being tested.”

It is believed that, in the wake of this year’s Mercedes controversy known as ‘test-gate’, a condition of Pirelli’s ongoing testing with individual teams is that all of the other teams also have to be offered a similar opportunity.

Sporting director Otmar Szafnauer denies Force India was offered a test, but Hembery insisted: “We asked everyone.

“We have another team that is interested but no date as yet,” he added.

Speed Week correspondent Mathias Brunner claims the team that has accepted Pirelli’s offer is McLaren. (GMM)

  • Faceman

    Mcwho? Oh those guys that barely got 1 point for their 50th anniversary?

    If you think Luca is an unsound manager, what does that make Dennis?

    Exactly.

  • JPSmoove

    Does anyone else notice how quiet Martin W. has been this season. Not hardly a peep….