Pirelli confirms in-season test schedule
Each team must devote one of the available days to tyre testing this year. Pirelli and the 11 teams have agreed the schedule, with the approval of the FIA. The tyres used on the nominated tyre test day will not form part of the 135 allocated sets for testing purposes in 2014.
The first in-season test of the year will take place from the 8-9 April at the Bahrain International Circuit, the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Bahrain Grand Prix. All 11 teams will be in attendance, with Caterham completing tyre testing on the first day.
Mercedes and Williams will then work with Pirelli on the second day. The next in-season test will take place after the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in mid-May. Sauber and Toro Rosso will both complete tyre testing on the first day, with McLaren and Force India scheduled for the second day.
Ferrari and Lotus will work with the Italian company on the opening day of the third in-season test, which takes place at the Silverstone circuit on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the British Grand Prix. Red Bull and Marussia will complete tyre testing on the second day.
The final in-season test will take place after the 2014 season finale in Abu Dhabi. All teams will be supplied with prototype tyres in preparation for the 2015 season.
Bahrain test – (8-9 April)
Day 1: Caterham
Day 2: Mercedes and Williams
Barcelona test – (13-14 May)
Day 1: Sauber and Toro Rosso
Day 2: McLaren and Force India
Silverstone test – (8-9 July)
Day 1: Ferrari and Lotus
Day 2: Red Bull and Marussia
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