F1 » Pirelli would prefer 'modern test car'

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says the tyre supplier would prefer to test with a more modern car

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JJJ - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 12:40 PM

I wonder if it wouldn't be beneficial to a big team like RBR, Ferrari or McLaren to provide Pirelli with one of their cars. That way the tyres would essentially be developed for their own car, which could be a huge benefit...


August 22, 2012 12:58 PM

sensible comment from hembrey. the grip levels of an up to date car are higher than a two year old car.

however the suggestion that a team supply a current car is not a good one. if this was done, and a tyre produced to suit that car, all the others would claim favouritism.

each car uses the tyres differently, but once a tyre is created, it should be up to each team to adjust their car to get the max from the tyre.

oldtimer - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 12:59 PM

One wonders why it has taken so long for Pirelli to speak out on this problem. It is a complete nonsense to be testing 2012 tyres on a 2010 chassis. This needs to be addressed for 2013 but I can see that no leading team is going to want it's main competitors car being used. Not sure that their is a sensible answer to this problem but hopefully a compromise can be thrashed out providing egos don't get in the way.

Fat-Alfie - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 1:57 PM

Why not design the cars to work with the tyres, and not the other way round?

If the cars are constantly evolving, even over the course of the season, the tyre manufacturer will never be able to produce a tyre to suit the 'current car' as there IS no current car.

David Chaste - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 1:58 PM

Teams with 5 points or less the previous year, should be allowed to offer up to date cars for testing. It would benefit them and also really not sway the championship too much in anyone's favor at the top.

It would not have much effect on the championship, but will be helping the less fortunate teams.

Shakey - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 4:09 PM

Or how about the FIA stop messing around with lottery tires and just let Pirelli make a race tire? The cars can then adapt to the characteristics of a tire which is much more durable and consistent.

RGV - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 4:35 PM

Why not go back to letting the teams use what tyre manufacturer they want, that way we would see tyre technology actually developing.
I used to think Pirelli were a really good brand but now I see no reason at all to buy Pirelli tyres as all they have proved is that they can build a tyre that does not have longevity or grip over a time and can fall apart, not what I want on my road car.
It is utter crap now.

RW - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 5:31 PM

The reason for a single controlled tire is simple and the usual one, to slow the cars down.
As for a reputation for Pirelli in my eyes I would not drink more Red Bull just because they won or buy a Merc as a sports car just because they are in F1.

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