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Red Bull to undertake two-day test with Pirelli

Although planned as a two-day test, it could be extended to three days in the event of poor weather interfering with track time.

According to Sky Sports, the test would see Red Bull run a back-to-back test with a control tyre based on this year's specifications compared against the development rubber that Pirelli hopes to introduce in 2014 assuming that it gets the go-ahead to remain as F1's sole supplier.

Positive remarks from FIA president Jean Todt on Saturday suggested that the sporting body was close to formally confirming that Pirelli would be staying in the sport into the 2014 season. [See separate story].

The chance to test 2014 tyres in advance of other teams has raised some eyebrows, even though it's unlikely to make any actual impact on competition as the 2011 cars are completely different from the heavily revised technical specification that will be introduced next season.

In addition, the new compounds are still in an early stage of development and are likely to be significantly revised before the first race weekend of 2014 puts the finished articles to the test.

Force India's sporting director Otmar Szafnauer still wasn't happy with the plans when he heard about them on Sunday. "It's a huge advantage for them," he said, referring to the data Red Bull would be able to collect on the proposed new tyres. "We were not offered a test like this."

Hembery emphatically denied Szafnauer's claim, however. "We asked everyone," he insisted. "There won't be anything for them [Red Bull] to gain ... They won't know what they are testing.

"This time, hopefully, we won't be ending up in Paris!" he laughed wryly, referring to the disciplinary process Pirelli faced over the shortfalls in the Mercedes test earlier in the year. "We've had good collaboration from the FIA and I think this time it's all been okay."




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