Reports in the Italian press today suggest that Pirelli could be set to test its prototype tires for the 2014 Formula One season in the next few weeks at a winter test in Bahrain.
The Italian tire manufacturer had initially planned to test its tires for 2014 during free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix. However, wet weather meant that only a couple of laps were completed on the prototypes, leaving Pirelli facing the possibility of not obtaining any meaningful data until the first official pre-season test at the end of January.
As a result, the decision has been taken to hold a three day tire test in Bahrain (December 17-19) with Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari using the teams’ 2013 cars. This will give Pirelli a great amount of data to analyze over the winter break which should ensure the avoidance of a repeat of the problems that have blighted its best efforts in 2013.
After the initial design of tire was deemed to have too short an operating window, the teams lobbied for changes to be made that were eventually vetoed. However, following a series of tire failures at the British Grand Prix, a new construction of tire was introduced on safety grounds, causing many to question Pirelli’s suitability as the sport’s tire supplier.
With this extra test though, Pirelli should be able to prepare suitably for the pre-season tests in Spain at the end of January.