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Pirelli insists that things have to change when it comes to a deal for F1 tyres for the 2014 season

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July 19, 2013 3:13 PM
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They need to do something I was talking to a guy at the garage this morning and he was saying a couple of people have said to him when buying new tyres " I need my tyres replacing but I don't want pirellis". Which he was saying has never happened before and must be because of the debacle in F1.

I know that they're only doing what the FIA are telling them to do, but when the average motorist sees on the news what happened at Silverstone and hear people complain about it. It can't be good advertising for them.


July 19, 2013 4:21 PM

ty. but you have to admit that Pirelli must take some of the blame. they changed the construction, not at fia request, but of their own free will. it is that altered construction that is basically at the root of this years problems. the tyres are running far hotter than anticipated, and the compounds which were ok last year, cannot cope with the new construction. then they agreed to do a test with merc, opting to turn a blind eye to rule breaking. the fia did not ask them to do that either!
last year, I defended Pirelli, despite not liking the degradable compounds, but this year, I can no longer defend them.


July 19, 2013 9:30 PM

The Pirelli F1 tyre debacle represents just one component of the web that is F1 nowadays, Pirelli is a top tyre manufacturer and as such it has the capability and knowhow to produce a tyre as good as any other manufacturer, Pirelli felled foul of the F1 politics right at their entry into F1 as a tyre supplier by being imposed on F1 by MR F1 instead of winning the FIA tender as per the FIA rules of governance, Pirelli's tyre technology is such that it has produced a tyre that lasts and behaves exactly as requested by the powers that be, the original construction of the 2013 tyre (steel belted with play steer design) had a build-in safety feature hardly seen before, with all its rubber peeled off (delaminated) it had the capability of still remaining inflated, the delaminating was as a result of teams abusing the tyre, this tyre was raced up to Monaco.
To be continued.


July 19, 2013 9:54 PM

Continued, I am convinced that the change Pirelli wanted to introduce at Canada wasn't entirely their own as much as I am convinced that the Silverstone happenings were engineered-in (sort of) to force forward the planed and intended new direction the sports should take/follow. With the Mercedes test Pirelli did broke the FIA sporting regulations. The Pirelli tyres raced on at Silverstone did break the FIA sporting rules (Pirelli changed the tyre construction from steel belting to Kevlar). Pirelli as per the wishes of the powers that be and by pushing here and shoving there are going to change the goal posts halfway through the game this season by introducing yet a different tyre, and anybody that cannot see further than the tip of his nose and will counter with the thing called safety should remember that safety can be engineered/stretched/manipulated to get the ball past the posts.


July 21, 2013 5:11 PM

there is an interesting issue on these new tyres....the ones that were creating a roblem wer tyres designed with a bias in the weave of the belt. this was to make a unidirectional tyre,, but then teams swaped tyres from side to side, and the adverse bias was then causing the overheating.
pirelli had clear markings on the barcode label to denote which side a tyre was to be used on, and teams flouted that. have a look at the bar code on the NEW tyres. they are no longer coded left or right. this seems to imply that there is no longer a bias on the belt. so tyres will be able to be swapped with no adverse effect. interesting!

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