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Red Bull considering Mercedes-style Pirelli tyre test

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says his team are not ruling out the prospect of conducting a 1000km private test with Pirelli just as Mercedes did, an event that led to the 'testgate' saga.

Indeed both Mercedes and Pirelli were reprimanded by the FIA at an International Tribunal hearing in Paris following the test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya in May.

Following the hearing the idea of Pirelli conducting such a test in the future was not ruled out indeed after the tyre blowouts at the British Grand Prix, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said Pirelli could conduct two such tests restriction free.

After Ferrari also conducted a Pirelli tyre test, albeit with a 2011 spec car, in April and Mercedes's controversial test in May, Red Bull believe they are next in line to conduct such a test.

"We will see," he is quoted by Sporting Life. "It is something we have to discuss with Pirelli."

Christian Horner did admit however it was up to Pirelli how important a test would be: "That is for them to judge, what they need and what they require from testing.

"Whatever happens it has to be done transparently. We don't want people sneaking off behind closed doors - and wearing nondescript helmets."

That last sentence is a jibe at the Mercedes test where Hamilton and Rosberg both wore black helmets for their 1000km test.

Pirelli's problem is the lack of a representative test car, indeed this week the Italian tyre supplier is conducting another test with it's test drivers at Paul Ricard using it's 2010 Renault test car.

That problem is why Director of Motorsport Paul Hembery believes teams need to be given a push.

"The FIA, on their part, have said they will open the door on it (testing), which is the good step forward," said Hembery.

"Now we need to sit down with the FIA, (president) Jean Todt and (race director) Charlie Whiting, and define what we really want.

"Then we'll go to the team principals and say 'Look, this is what needs to happen going forward'.

"That's irrespective of Pirelli. Anyone coming into the sport would need to do this.

 

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