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Teams roped in to test Pirellis

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Pirelli has released its in-season testing schedule, detailing when teams will work with the tyre manufacturer during test days this year.

In 2013 Pirelli suffered a series of tyre failures during race weekends, which highlighted the lack of on-track testing available to the tyre manufacturer. The situation became contentious when Pirelli undertook a series of private tests with teams - one of which involved an up-to-date Mercedes and was investigated by an FIA tribunal.

Under this year's regulations all 11 teams must dedicate one in-season test day to working on the development of Pirelli's tyres in a bid to ensure the tyre manufacturer has sufficient mileage to develop its products. At the final pre-season test in Bahrain, Pirelli and the teams agreed on the schedule for the in-season tests taking place after certain races this season.

Bahrain test  (8-9 April)
Day 1  CATERHAM
Day 2  MERCEDES and WILLIAMS
Barcelona test (13-14 May) Day 1 SAUBER and TORO ROSSO Day 2 McLAREN and FORCE INDIA
Silverstone test (8-9 July) Day 1 FERRARI and LOTUS Day 2 RED BULL and MARUSSIA

At the final in-season test in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will bring prototype tyres in preparation for a ban on tyre warmers in 2015.

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