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McLaren, Force India withdraw from F1 tyre test

McLaren and Force India pull out of a planned F1 tyre test in Bahrain next week
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.




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Firestorm

December 11, 2013 4:29 PM

Only the teams which have money to waste, Red Bull with both teams, Ferrari and Mercedes are taking part to the test. Does it mean that this test is meaningless? The cars will be very different next year but maybe Pirelli won't be the main factor to decide the racing in 2014. I hope that next year tyres won't degrade as they did in the last few years. The teams will have enough job to do with their engines, ERS etc. They don't need more distractions.

Nick636

December 12, 2013 7:17 AM

@ Firestorm I agree, but in saying that, we can't be too hard on Pirelli. They have had MINIMAL track time with relevant machinery. I actually don't see the point in this test TBH. Turbo charged motors have very different torque curves (highly relevant in tyre wear) to N/A cars. I feel they should rather had a pre-pre-season test, two days, at the track where the first official 2014 tests take place, maybe 2 - 3 weeks before the opening test (hence minimising travel costs). That way they'd be testing with the new machines, toughest conditions etc. And still have a a few weeks to tweak before the official tests. Ideal world, right...?



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