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Pirelli open to calls for more wet tyres

Pirelli says that it would be happy to discuss providing more wet tyres in future for rain-hit events, to allow teams to get out on track in front of fans at rain-hit events.
The lack of wet-weather running by teams on Friday during practice at Silverstone was criticised by several people in the F1 paddock after it left drenched fans staring at empty stretches of track for their troubles.

"I think it's a real, real shame to be honest that they're just sitting there and we're not going out," Lewis Hamilton told TV reporters as he wandered up and down pit lane during the practice sessions rather than being able to go out and run the car on track.

Hamilton explained that his inactivity was certainly not down to idleness on his part and that he was as frustrated as the fans.

"The problem is we don't have enough tyres and the drainage here is not that great at the track so there's lot of standing water," he said. "If we had more tyres, I think a lot more people would be out. It's a shame it's not mandatory that we have to go out."

"It was wet," agreed Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen. "It's a shame we don't have more wet tyres to be able to get more track time, but if it's going to rain for the whole weekend then everybody tries to save their allocation."

"We have terrible guilt for the fans in not running," agreed Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fearnley. "We obviously feel very very guilty that we're not out there running for the spectators but on the other hand, we don't gain anything from it."

Fernley differed from Hamilton and Raikkonen's assertions that more tyres would make a difference, however.

"Even if we'd had the tyres we wouldn't have run," he said. "The risk to reward is the wrong ratio for us, and it was more of a precautious programme than it is by taking unnecessary risks."

But certainly the difficulty of making just three sets of wet tyres last the entire weekend if the entire Grand prix is a washout was a major consideration, and Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery indicated that he'd be open to investigating the matter further with teams to see if there was anything that could be done.

"Together with the teams we can certainly look at some solutions to encourage more running under these circumstances in future such as allocating more tyres," Hembery said. "But everybody would have to agree to this as we're not in a position to make the tyre rules ourselves.

"It's a pity for the fans who didn't get to see much running today," he agreed.




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