Top three F1 teams to provide cars for Pirelli test this month

F1 Grand Prix of Singapore

The top three top teams in Formula 1 will provide cars so that Pirelli can test its 2014 specification tyres later this month in Bahrain.

Earlier, some teams objected amid reports McLaren had put its hand up to run its 2013 car for the official tyre supplier at a December test.

“It would be unfortunate,” said Mercedes‘ Ross Brawn recently, “if one team had the benefit of running a [2014] tyre to the exclusion of all the others.”

Now, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Autosprint are separately reporting that the 2013-car Bahrain test, to be held between 17-19 December, will in fact be attended by three teams.

McLaren will not be among the select three: Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari. Those three teams finished the Constructors’ Championship in first, second and third places.

Autosprint said that Lotus, fourth overall in 2013, was also invited, but declined for financial reasons.

McLaren finished the season fifth.

La Gazzetta said that the collected tyre data will be made available to all of the other teams, who are permitted to send observers to Bahrain.

Autosprint correspondent Alberto Antonini, however, said that the other teams are not happy to have been effectively locked out of the Bahrain test, handing an early advantage to the 2013 frontrunners. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    It does seem a bit bias letting these 3 do the test alone (Forgetting Lotus). More so considering Ross Brawn recently saying that they had not benefited from their initial test with Pirelli and now doing a U turn and I quote β€œIt would be unfortunate, if one team had the benefit of running a tyre to the exclusion of all the others.”
    And now the big 3 are screwing over all the others but will hand out some data.

  • David

    Shouldn’t ALL the teams be involved?

  • Zombie Jebus Will Eat Your Brain and Take Your Knowledge

    No ALL the teams shouldn’t be involved.

    If Lotus can’t afford it do you think Marussia or Caterham can? And was Mclaren or Williams or Sauber the teams you would choose to represent the field? Hardly. And Toro would have just given RBR double the data. And look at their involvement thus far!!! Secret tests. Closed tests for elite teams, but not Red Bull – but go ahead and say how they cater to RBR, ignoramuses.

    Just be glad Pirelli are at least trying this season. They’ve been an utter failure since joining the sport.