Six team tyre test in Bahrain given FIA approval

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The FIA has given its blessing to an end of season tyre test in Bahrain that will see Pirelli evaluate its 2014 prototype tyre with six teams that have opted to take part.

Following the World Motor Sport Council’s final meeting of the year in Paris today, the FIA has announced a number of changes to the sporting regulations for the 2014 Formula One season, including the implementation of permanent numbers and the awarding of double points for the final race in Abu Dhabi.

However, the decision has also been taken to grant Pirelli permission to hold this test after the Italian tyre manufacturer’s plans to trial the 2014 compounds in Brazil were scuppered by the wet weather. After a difficult season that has seen many problems with the compounds, this decision should mean that we avoid the same incidents next year.

“The F1 Commission agreed to a change to the 2013 Sporting Regulations, on safety grounds, allowing the Formula One tyre supplier to carry out a three-day test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, 2013,” a statement from the FIA read. “All Formula One teams have been invited to take part in the test and six have accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.”

The test was widely expected to go ahead, but, following the ‘Tyregate’ scandal that unravelled following the Spanish Grand Prix in May, the teams were waiting for permission from the FIA to go ahead with the test. Mercedes illegally used its 2013 car to complete a tyre test at the Circuit de Catalunya, and the team was fortunate to escape with nothing more than a ban from the Young Driver Test at Silverstone in July.

Since then, teams have tested the tyres but using their 2011 cars, as permitted by the regulations. However, they will be able to use their 2013 runners in Bahrain.

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