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Pirelli Formula 1 Tyres in 2014: Are They Finally Right for Grand Prix Racing?

This time last year, tyres were occupying a lot of column inches on Formula One news sites. The biggest story of the spring was tyre-related. Mercedes had used a 2013 car to help tyre supplier Pirelli with development work in a "secret" test at the Circuit de Catalunya in late May. Their rivals weren't happy with the German team, and at an FIA hearing they were banned from the Young Driver Test at Silverstone for their indiscretion. But the ire directed at Mercedes was nothing compared to the barbs and flak being flung at Pirelli. No one was especially angry with them for doing the test. Rather, it was the way Pirelli's tyres were behaving during races which was attracting attention. Their brief had been to create tyres which degraded shar...

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