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Red Bull to undertake two-day test with Pirelli

Red Bull Racing will undertake a 1000km tyre test on behalf of Pirelli this week at the Circuit de Catalunya, the two companies have confirmed.
Red Bull will have a chance to undertake a two-day, 1000-kilometre tyre test for Pirelli this week at the Circuit de Catalunya just outside Barcelona in Spain, as the tyre manufacturer works towards its 2014 compound specifications and seeks to gather further test and development data.

The story was initially broken by Sky Sports F1 reporting from the Monza paddock, and subsequently confirmed by Pirelli's director of motorsport Paul Hembery and Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.

Unlike the controversial test that got Pirelli and Mercedes into trouble with the FIA earlier this year, this test will use a 2011-specification F1 car which means that the session will comply with the sporting regulations.

Mercedes' test in May ran into problems because it used a current specification chassis in its test. The fact that the Mercedes test was apparently kept secret and no other team had been invited to take part had also raised objections, and Pirelli was quick to ensure that it avoided any such pitfalls this time around so that things proceeded smoothly.

"It's 1000-kilometre as we did with Mercedes and Ferrari," Hembery told ESPN on the grid at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza before the race on Sunday.

"We've got full FIA approval, all the other teams were invited and maybe there's another team that we're looking to organise another 1000-kilometre with that's offered their availability," he continued.

"It's a 2011 car, next year's tyres," Hembery emphasised. "I'm not sure about the driver, that's probably going to be [Sebastien] Buemi."

Red Bull's new driver signing for 2014, Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, has also been named as one of the two drivers to make the trip to Barcelona, along with current RBR reserve driver Buemi.

"It's a test that others have conducted for Pirelli," team boss Christian Horner confirmed, "It's an old car, we're running one of our test drivers in it - probably Daniel Ricciardo will drive on the other day."




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