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Red Bull & McLaren set for Pirelli tyre test

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Red Bull and McLaren are set to participate in their own separate Pirelli tyre tests similar to the one undertaken by Mercedes controversially back in May.

The private tests became the centre of a scandal earlier this year after Mercedes conducted a test after the Spanish Grand Prix with their 2013 car, a test that was deemed illegal by the FIA under the current regulations.

Red Bull in particular were furious when Mercedes were only given a reprimand by the International Tribunal panel at a court hearing in Paris, now though they and McLaren are to get their own tests.

The biggest difference is both teams will be using 2011 specification cars as Ferrari did when they had their private test after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

For the Red Bull test 2014 driver Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastien Buemi will be behind the wheel not the race drivers as was the case for Mercedes and Pirelli's Paul Hembery has confirmed both drivers will be testing 2014 specification tyres.

"The tyres will be round and black and unmarked," he insisted. "So Red Bull will not know what is being tested."

Not everyone is happy however. "It's a huge advantage for them," said Force India sporting director Otmar Szafnauer. "We were not offered a test like this."

That final point is key as the rules state all teams must be offered the opportunity to take part in these private tests, however Hembery has denied Szafnauer's claim that not all teams were asked.

"We asked everyone. We have another team that is interested but no date as yet," he insisted.

That other team is McLaren with Red Bull's test taking place this week at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in Spain and the Woking based team's test later in the year.

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