Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery says he is eager to see the tyre supplier secure a long-term deal to continue in its F1 role.
The current tyre deal comes to an end at the end of the current season, with Pirelli now entering the third year of the deal it agreed when it made a return to the sport.
The supplier has made no secret of its desire to extend the current deal beyond 2013 and Hembery has now revealed that Pirelli is keen to secure a long-term agreement to continue supplying tyres to the field.
“We will know soon if we get a new contract as the sole supplier in Formula One,” he was quoted by Speed Week
. “We wouild prefer a long-term contract, say five years.
“We have have 600 professionals at work, and so if we're no longer in F1, then we have to see how we can use them elsewhere.
“Unlike last time, we don't want the decision in June or July — it's just too late.”
Hembery added that the switch to new turbo engines for 2014 would also mean that Pirelli needed a decision so it could start work on the tyres that will be used from next year.
“It is expected that the turbos will develop more torque, which influences the traction of the corners,” he said. “More traction means more temperature, and we also need to know what to expect in terms of top speed so that we don't have problems with the integrity.”