Red Bull Racing have confirmed they will perform a private tyre test for Pirelli this week. Following Ferrari and Mercedes AMG earlier this season, the team will become the third team to try out tyres of the Italian F1 supplier.
Red Bull will be allowed to run 1000 kilometers in Barcelona on Circuit de Catalunya.
As Ferrari did early in the year, RBR will use a two-year old car, namely the championship winning Red Bull RB7 of 2011. Behind the wheel will be Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian that was announced last week a the team's new racing driver to partner Sebastian Vettel as of 2014.
Pirelli has informed that the test is meant to try out a several 2014 prototype tyres while stressing that the team itself will gain no advantage from the test. McLaren though are believed to be eager to also stage a test later in the season to offset any possible advantage Red Bull may get from the test.
With this announcement, it looks more and more clear that Pirelli will continue as F1's tyre supplier. The company revealed at the Italian Grand Prix weekend that it had signed agreements with all teams for 2014 and hence now only needs a final agreement with Formula One itself. Confirmation on this is expected in the next days or weeks.