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Pirelli: Things have to change

Pirelli insists that things have to change when it comes to a deal for F1 tyres for the 2014 season
Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery has warned F1 that things will have to change if the tyre supplier is to stay in F1 next year.

There is currently no deal in place for 2014, although Pirelli is keen to extend its current agreement despite the various issues that have been encountered this year.

However, Hembery insists that things will have to change when it comes to the relationship between the sport and the tyre supplier to prevent them from walking away.

In particular, Hembery said it was vital for Pirelli to be able to test its tyres on current cars to aid with development and to make sure the tyres provided were right for the job.

“At the moment we have no real indication what the 2014 cars are going to be like and in a couple of months we're meant to be all ready to go,” he told ESPNF1. “I guess it's not in the teams' briefs to understand what our problems are or our needs are. In the past when previous suppliers have been in they had a few years of tyre competition so you do more in one week of tyre testing than we've done in three years. That creates a lot of knowledge and a lot of background, which we've not been able to do.

“We've only really performed a proper tyre test - when you've been running 14/15 specifications, short runs, long runs - we've only done it once with a current car in three years and that's simply not good enough.

“They're things that have to change, we couldn't possibly risk putting ourselves in that situation again. There's no doubt it has to change. If the sport doesn't want to change then they can find someone else. We want to stay obviously but we need to make some changes, we can't just keep talking about it, things now have to change.”

Hembery added that friction between the teams wasn't making Pirelli's situation any easier.

“The teams in the first year were quite a lot better at working together and we've seen that dissipate over the last two and a half years,” he said. “That's not just with us, I think there's lots of things going on there behind the scenes with new agreements - the Concorde Agreement - and things like that, some teams struggling, so there's a lot more friction between the teams than we've seen before. Whilst individually we have fantastic support from all of them, collectively it's not quite there.

“We know going forward that a lot of things have to change and that's something that we need to have fixed because we can't be in a situation like this again.”

Tagged as: Pirelli , Paul Hembery , 2014

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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.

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