This could go a LONG ways towards making better tires for next year:
Three top teams will provide cars so that Pirelli can test its 2014 tires later this month.
Earlier, some teams objected amid rumors McLaren had put its hand up to run its 2013 car for the official tire supplier at a December test in Bahrain.
“It would be unfortunate,” said Mercedes’ Ross Brawn recently, “if one team had the benefit of running a (2014) tire to the exclusion of all the others.”
Now, Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport and Autosprint are separately reporting that the 2013-car Bahrain test, to be held Dec. 17-19, will in fact be attended by three teams.
McLaren will not be among the select three: Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari. Those three teams finished the constructors’ championship in first, second and third place, respectively.
Autosprint said Lotus, fourth overall in 2013, was also invited, but declined for financial reasons.
McLaren finished the season fifth.
La Gazzetta dello Sport said the collected tire data will be made available to all of the other teams, which are permitted to send observers to Bahrain.
Autosprint correspondent Alberto Antonini, however, said the other teams are not happy to have been effectively locked out of the Bahrain test, handing an early advantage to the 2013 frontrunners.