Pirelli preparing for tyre blanket ban
18 February 2014 – Pirelli will ramp up preparations for the upcoming tyre blanket ban at this week's Bahrain pre-season test.
From the 2015 Formula 1 campaign, the use of tyre heating devices will be prohibited, meaning drivers will be presented with a fresh challenge when leaving the pit lane during all sessions and following pit-stops.
To assess the potential implications of the ban, Italian manufacturer Pirelli has chosen to bring an extra set of prototype Medium tyres to the Middle East, which the teams will trial without the use of tyre blankets.
Pirelli's three standard slick compounds (Soft, Medium and Hard), plus its designated 'winter' tyre – which teams have requested be used in hotter conditions to further assess degradation – will also be available.
The first Bahrain test runs from February 19-22, before a second is held between February 27 and March 2.