Pirelli's new range of tyres for 2014 is more conservative, according to the whispers from private testing in Bahrain.
A three-day, Pirelli-organised test in the island Kingdom kicked off on Tuesday, with Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Toro Rosso in attendance with their 2013 cars.
The testing of next year's tyres, which will have to handle the much-higher torque of the new turbo engines, is taking place behind closed doors, and laptimes and details are not being disclosed.
But Italy's Autosprint said: "The general indication is that they (the tyres) are slower.
"Even with the same (2013) cars, the laptimes are expected to rise, because the tyre supplier is taking a more prudent...
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