Date: 30th April 2014 at 8:59am
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Following the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One held its first in-season test of 2014.

Testing in-season has returned this year, something that all the teams will benefit from especially during a year of mass regulation change.

But the FIA have also stipulated that every team must dedicate one of its eight in-season test days to tyre testing, something that Formula One tyre manufacturer Pirelli are delighted with.

Mercedes, Williams and Caterham all ran specially designed tyre test days, giving Pirelli great feedback and data on a selection of tyres for this and coming seasons.

One of the things that Pirelli looked at was the behaviour of tyres without warming blankets, as Formula One looks to ban tyre blankets from next season.

‘To be able to go from a race and then try a few solutions on the current cars was a monumental step forward from running around in a three-year-old car,’ Pirelli director of motorsport Paul Hembery told Autosport Magazine.

‘It did help a lot being able to verify a couple of particular parameters on an actual car.

‘We are learning for next year and had one small look at running again with no [tyre warmer] blankets and we have to write a technical report for the FIA on that.

‘Also, we are looking at profiles and structures.’