Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg suffered a high-speed blow out today during the third and final day of the Pirelli test in Bahrain.

"Just spun at full speed 320km/h on [the] Bahrain straight [be]cause my tyre blew up without warning. Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now..." he joked on Twitter, although he subsequently deleted it.

As it is a private test, no times and little other information has been released, although it is understood following the failure Mercedes ended its programme prematurely.

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Mercedes were one of four teams in action at the test - along with Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso - using it to sample the 2014 prototype tyres.

Pirelli meanwhile released the following statement to Sky Sports F1: "The test in Bahrain is a private tyre test, so most data generated from it are confidential. However, incidents can happen, this is what testing is for. Our testing programme will continue as planned."