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What Was the Point of the Formula 1 Pre-Season Pirelli Tyre Test in Bahrain?

The 2013 Formula One season was plagued by controversy over Pirelli and the tyres it supplied. In an attempt to head off similar problems in 2014, the FIA authorized a tyre test in Bahrain from December 17-19. Now that the test, where 2014 tyres were used on 2013 cars, has finished, one question remains to be answered: What was the point? As a refresher for those who tuned out once Sebastian Vettel turned the championship into a game of follow-the-leader, there were multiple high-speed blowouts at the British Grand Prix, a secret testing session with the Mercedes team and ongoing complaints about how quickly the tyres degraded. Pirelli had planned to run its 2014 tyres during free practice at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in Novemb...

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