McLaren and Force India have both elected to withdraw from next week's F1 tyre test in Bahrain, despite being initially named amongst those outfits that would be making the trip to the Sakhir circuit.
The FIA revealed earlier this week that a three-day Pirelli tyre test had been given the green light
, running from 17-19 December and with Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso all taking part.
Both McLaren and Force India have now elected to withdraw from the test, with McLaren insisting that its focus was firmly on development ahead of the 2014 season.
“We're not testing in Bahrain next week,” a spokesperson said. “We took part in a Pirelli tyre test in Italy last month. Our focus now is on our 2014 car development.”
Force India meanwhile has also decided to pull out, telling Sky Sports
that the late timing of the announcement meant it wasn't possible to make the trip.
"Given the short notice of this test taking place and the timeframes involved, the team will not be attending the test," a spokesperson revealed.
Lotus, Sauber, Williams, Marussia and Caterham had already turned down the chance to take part in the test.