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A lot of the criticism is unjustified, says Hembery

Paul Hembery: People have wanted to use our name and sully our name for their own personal gain and that's unacceptable
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery believes a lot of the criticism aimed at them this season has been unjustified.

The tyre manufacturer has come under the spotlight this year, following a number of tyre failures, most noticeably those experienced at the British Grand Prix, which in turn has led to changes being made to the rubber that teams will use in Budapest this weekend.

Speaking to in an interview with ESPN, Hembery added that one of the main problems with F1 is too much self-interest.

“I think for a large part of the season - and let's take out Silverstone from that - then we feel it's been very unjustified a lot of the comments and it's made a lot of people [at Pirelli] unhappy,” he stated.

“People have wanted to use our name and sully our name for their own personal gain and that's unacceptable.

“But anybody seems to be able to say anything today in F1, there's no check and balance, people aren't looking at the bigger picture and there's too much self-interest. That's something that people really need to have a good hard look at because there might be a lot of people looking at the way that we've been treated and thinking 'We don't want a bit of that, imagine us in that situation'.

“So you have to be careful, we're a big company and we want to stay in F1, we're trying everything we can to do the best job we can but we'll be around.

“In other forms we've been involved in motorsport for 110 years - that's longer than any of the F1 teams - and we'll be in motorsport probably for another 100 years when they've all gone, so we'll carry on.”




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FW14

July 22, 2013 6:59 PM

Simple Mr Hembery, suggest to Bernie to go back to the compounds pre 2011 so that proper f1 fans like myself can watch real racing where the very fastest drivers can max the cars instead of driving at 80% trying to preserve tires. Canada 2010 now has a lot to answer for.

FW14

July 23, 2013 5:30 AM

Yes mrfill, pre 2011 would have been Bridgestones but I deliberately did not mention the said tires name as I did not want my comment to come across as Bridgestone v Pirelli as Pirelli are capable of building tires to a spec that could see them last longer in a race. As I hinted at in my first post the race in Canada 2010 which were on Bridgestones saw higher than normal tire degradation and the result was one of the best races that year. So the FIA decided this is the type of racing they want to see on a regular basis and when Pirelli got the contract in 2011 they were asked by the FIA to make quicker wearing tires to spice up the races and bringing more off the cuff strategy calls from the teams basically trying to simulate the 2010 Canada race which just evolved where as since 2011 the FIA and the tire manufacture are trying to stage how a race should be instead of letting it run naturally. For me since 2011 the tires have had a detrimental effect on the quicker and more aggressiv



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