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Pirelli to conduct December test with 2013 cars
Sunday 01st December 2013, 01:25 by Ryan Wood
Pirelli will get the opportunity to test its 2014 tyres on current-spec cars after the FIA agreed it would be beneficial for the sport, considering their last attempt during Brazil's free practice was rained off.
Only a handful of laps were completed on the prototype tyres, leaving Pirelli will insufficient data to aid development of the new compounds which will have to cope with a massive increase in torque thanks to the new engines.
The details of the test have been kept private, but it will take place within the next two weeks at the Bahrain International Circuit and 2013 cars will be used.
Pirelli has, as per the FIA's request, invited all the teams to participate, but only Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes have agreed due to the costs associated with running a car during what is thought to be a three-day test.
Pirelli is hoping to avoid a repeat of the dramas it suffered this season after several tyres failed at the British Grand Prix. A change in structure was then introduced mid-season which is thought to have favoured one or more teams.
All the teams will get the chance to try the new tyres at the first pre-season test in Jerez on January 28th.
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