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Hembery: Tyre war pointless

Paul Hembery: If it [F1] wants a tyre war and procession racing again, like it did in the early 2000s, when the audience disappeared, than that's one approach. It's not for us to decide

Paul Hembery has hinted that Pirelli could quit F1 if the sport opts to return to a 'pointless' tyre war.

Pirelli became the sole tyre-supplier last year, taking over from Bridgestone, after inking a three-year deal with the FIA, the sports' governing body.

Despite the closeness of competition this season though, and the fact there was seven different winners in the first seven races, including a surprise and popular win for Williams and Pastor Maldonado in Spain, not all are happy and there has been some criticism the sport is now too much of a lottery.

Hembery, however, is of the belief that a tyre war - last seen in F1 back in 2006 when Bridgestone and Michelin went head-to-head - would not be the right way to 'correct' things, assuming any correction is needed.

“We work for the sport. The sport has to decide what it wants,” Hembery is quoted by various sources.

“If it [F1] wants a tyre war and procession racing again, like it did in the early 2000s, when the audience disappeared, than that's one approach. It's not for us to decide.

“We will wait and see if the rules change. If they change, then we will consider it. At the moment the teams are certainly not interested in a tyre war.”

“What does it really mean to have a tyre war [anyway]? If it means spending €100 million to go half a second quicker - and you can't even prove that you have the better tyre, because the teams will dominate still - it is pointless," he added.

“Ultimately no-one could really make out what tyres were on what car when there was a tyre war.

"Nobody knew, because all the money was being spent on trying to find performance that the public couldn't see. And if the public can't see it, we don't understand it.”

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Sam Michael, Sporting Director, McLaren Mercedes & Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director
13.04.2012 - Free practice 2, Paul Hembery (GBR) Pirelli Motorspor Director and Mario Isola (ITA), Sporting Director Pirelli
22.04.2012- Race, Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director
Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director
20.07.2012 - Free Practice 1, Paul Hembery (GBR) Pirelli Motorspor Director
10.06.2012- Race, Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director

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August 04, 2012 10:21 PM

A single tyre supplier is the best way forward for F1 as it gives all competitors the same equal chance. Pirelli are producing and supplying tyres with characteristics exactly as they have been asked to. I have no doubt that Pirelli can produce a tyre with zero race distance degradation or any other characteristics they are asked too as per their contractual obligations. In any sports the only person happy is the winner. BUT, for the FIA “POWERS THAT BE” to rely on tyres falling apart to make a race worth watching only means that there are more fundamental issues that needs sorting out.

Thorborg - Unregistered

August 04, 2012 3:11 PM

A tyre war wouldn't achieve anything aside from increasing costs with little commercial benefit. The best solution is to have a single tyre supplier and then it is up to the FIA to stipulate the characteristics that they require from the tyre and work with the manufacturer to achieve them.

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