Pirelli will begin a three-day tyre test on Tuesday at the Bahrain International Circuit as they look to develop their 2014-specification tyres.
The F1 Commission granted the Italian manufacturer the session on safety grounds ahead of next season.
All 11 teams were invited to take part but only four teams accepted the invitation – Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Toro Rosso. They will all run 2013-spec cars to a programme decided by Pirelli.
World champions Red Bull have interestingly decided to run reserve driver Sebastien Buemi, rather than Daniel Ricciardo, who joins the team from Toro Rosso to partner Sebastian Vettel.
Nico Rosberg will drive the Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton not attending as he focuses on his winter training programme.
Veteran Pedro de la Rosa will get behind the wheel of the Ferrari for the first two days, before Marussia driver and Ferrari academy driver Jules Bianchi takes over for the final day.
Toro Rosso will run Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat, who makes his Formula 1 debut with the team next year.
This test is the last of 2013. The first pre-season test of 2014 will start on 28 January 2014 at Jerez.