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Pirelli boss thinking positively ahead of next season, despite current storm surrounding tyre manufacturer

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June 18, 2013 12:41 PM

Personally, I think all this faffing about with different compounds is crazy,expensive and certainly not good for Pirellis image with Joe Public.

My solution....at the start of the season they say " Here you are fellas, here's one hard, one soft, one inter. and here's one full wet and one inter wet. Off you go build your cars to suit them cos' they aint changing all season!"


June 18, 2013 2:12 PM

Sound thinking so long as there are a couple of test sessions during race weekends, near the end of the season, where teams must use the next season's tyres so Pirelli can properly test to ensure there are no inherent problems like de-laminating.
At present they have very little chance to do realistic testing using 2 year old cars.


June 18, 2013 2:30 PM

mr fill. with the ebd on a two year old car, there should be as much if not more, downforce, so load on tyres would be reasonably similar. and don't forget, there are actual test days for new cars, before the season starts. apart from that, I am sure that Pirelli have a rig that can create comparable loads.

jackbee. sensible, but fia would never allow it as they want unpredictability so as to "spice up" what they call racing.


June 18, 2013 2:44 PM

Pirelli will be in F1 next year if they want to. Currently there are no other large manufacturers who want any part of the F1 farce. And while Bernie has been looking for a replacement for Pirelli time has moved on and it is now unlikely that any company but Pirelli can supply next season's tires.
It will be interesting to see what this FIA witchhunt does to Pirelli. That could be the straw that broke the Pirelli back. I imagine the remuneration Pirelli receives may be keeping them in.
If, as Hembrey states, Pirelli want to improve the sport they should use their position as the only company who can have tires ready for the start of next season to end all the multi-compound nonsense and insist on the plan JACKBEE wrote about at the start of this thread.


June 18, 2013 3:15 PM
Last Edited 964 days ago

just let competition back in to the world of tires. If you want something 'fair' disclose how the tires are made (compound composition/chemistry/construction) (let the best 'maker' win, time to test/implement would give new tire design/makers opportunity to succeed). It's not like they go on road cars so the excuse of IP is not really an issue, just keep the 'information confidential with in all competing tire manufacturers (minimum time requirement-- say 2-3 years, for competing makes participation in F1).
use a weight penalty system for teams that are too fast in order to keep the field closer together. Problem solved. Oh yeah, bring back refueling to add even more complexity to the possible outcomes.
Offer incentives for tire makers that offer the best reliability for the most teams.


June 18, 2013 3:55 PM

PCX, Where would the motivation be for any team to design and build a fast car if you then stick a weight in it to slow it down?
When it comes to ridiculous ideas that's right up there!

Texas Roadhouse

June 18, 2013 4:11 PM

The FIA needs to get rid of as much aero downforce as possible, and maximise mechanical grip to improve the racing spectacle. But that won't happen in the near future, if ever (sadly).

What this has to do with the article, God only knows, but thought I'd just throw it out there.


June 18, 2013 5:08 PM

Anyone who thinks the tyres have too much influence on results now better hope against tyre competition at all costs.
You could end up with a Caterham on the right brand beating factory teams on the wrong brand!
& you wouldn't be far away from the top teams using either brand getting their tyres customised to win at all costs, all to the potential detriment of 9 other teams in the championship.


June 18, 2013 5:44 PM
Last Edited 964 days ago

The problem Pirelli face is supplying a tyre that suits 11 teams equally at 20 different venues.
Having the 4 different compounds takes the one variable out the equation, but not the important one of the teams. As we've seen, Ferrari & Renault are easier on the tyres, while Red Bull & Mercedes are harder.
So, when Pirelli choose harder compounds for events it favours some teams, & when they select softer compounds those same teams are at a disadvantage. As a result Pirelli are always doing wrong by some team & having to put up with the bad press.

The only fair solution would be to allow the teams to each 'order' any 2 of the 4 compounds for each event. If teams get it wrong, it's then their own fault.
It may mean that Renault compete using Med & S-Softs on the same weekend as Merc use Hard & Soft, but because of how the cars use the tyres both qualifying & the race should be fair.

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