Formula 1 teams will be allowed to test in Bahrain later this month following a request from Pirelli last month, the FIA has announced.
The F1 Commission said it had agreed to change the sporting rules that ban testing until next year on safety grounds. Teams will therefore be allowed to carry out a three-day tire test using their 2013 cars at the Sakhir circuit from Dec. 17-19 .
All teams were invited to the tests, but only Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso accepted the offer. The remaining five teams Lotus, Sauber, Williams, Marussia and Caterham will be absent.