The Italian manufacturer made a similar move last year, where they brought this season’s compounds to Interlagos to test in the first session. Pirelli say they will bring “a couple of sets” of prototype 2014 tyres to Brazil ahead of their debut during winter testing.
In India, motorsport director Paul Hembery warned that teams would struggle on the 2014 rubber for the new generation cars without more track time prior to pre-season testing. However, the Brit told media in Abu Dhabi that progress is being made in helping their preparations for 2014.
“There’s a couple of things that are happening quite quickly,” he said. “We’ve got a 1000km test with McLaren coming up in Vallelunga. We will be bringing to the Brazil Practice One a couple of sets of tyres of the prototype for next season.
“We’re hopeful to do a couple of tests in December and January with an old-generation car and there’s been some good ideas going forward as to what we could do during the pre-season itself.”
He added: “It’s clearly a big step forward. If we’re looking at it selfishly from our point of view, to be in Bahrain for pre-season testing, the temperatures will be right, aggressive track and that will be very, very useful for us to understand the real impact of the new cars.”
Hembery also confirmed that they are still waiting to conclude their 2014 deal: “It’s done really. There’s one last piece to be done with the FIA. The lawyers are dealing with that – when you get lawyers involved with anything it tends to add time to whatever you’re doing. So, it’s just rumbling along.”
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