It will feature the 2014 compound and construction of the medium tyre, but will be used to gather data on how the tyre works without warming blankets which will be banned for the 2015 season.
The Italian firm is contracted to be the sport’s sole tyre supplier until at least the end of the 2016 season. It will be an extra set of medium compound tyres, with teams being allocated 30 sets of slick rubber.
22 sets will be made up of the hard, medium, soft and winter hard compound (which was created for quick warm-up in lower temperatures), with the remaining eight being selected by the teams.
“The first test of the year in Jerez was all about the teams getting their first taste of a very different set of technical regulations, so as expected running was limited and evaluating tyres was not a priority,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.
“On top of that, winter conditions in Europe – even in southern Spain – are not representative of the race conditions we will generally encounter throughout the rest of the season.
“In Bahrain, we’re expecting better weather and more running, which will allow ourselves and the teams to assimilate more data and knowledge of the tyres.”
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