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Hembery: Pirelli in bizarre situation

Pirelli planning for next season despite uncertainty
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has said the company has been put in the 'most bizarre situation', given it has still to get official confirmation it will continue as F1's sole tyre supplier in 2014.

Pirelli's current deal expires at the end of this season, and while it has been calling for an answer sooner rather than later, with Hembery saying 'time was of the essence' as far back as the Bahrain GP in April, as yet nothing has been announced.

Indeed there has been some speculation in recent months about Michelin returning, although most still expect Pirelli to stay on, despite a turbulent year, after the fall-out from the 'secret' tyre test with Mercedes and all those failures at the British Grand Prix.

Speaking to ESPNF1.com, Hembery added that the firm is planning for 2014, despite the lack of certainty.

“It's the most bizarre situation we're in really,” Hembery stated. “We've got our agreements in place with the vast majority of people involved; there's not a clearly defined process but we're going forward, getting the teams signed up, we've got the promoter signed up, [and] we're working on 2014.

“We can only work with what we're being asked to do. We've got cooperation from the teams, we've got cooperation from the promoter and we've had ongoing cooperation from the FIA so until somebody tells us any different we don't really know what we should be doing differently.”

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August 10, 2013 1:16 PM

RGB, assuming you were talking about turbo boost, be advised that turbo boost is not regulated by the rules, for 2014 F1 engine makers can use whatever boost they wish, BUT technically speaking both boost and power outputs has been FINELY limited to a planed set number by the rules, although it might be a bit complicated to the less technically minded I can explain how and why. A bright idea it might be restricting fuel consumption, but that will render the chose of engine configuration meaningless, again I can explain the technicality of it all. Any car can be made to be faster for qualifying, but remember that than that is the way it will have to be raced, also remember that in fp1/2 and 3 teams can try whatever they like.


August 07, 2013 2:32 PM

Might this situation be due to Pirelli's willingness to go along with the situation? With Todt rumored to be backing Michelin's return perhaps Pirelli don't feel they have the leverage to dictate a solution to their contract problems with the FIA. They seem to be counting on time running out for any other manufacturer to be able to produce tires for next season. The best strategy? Time will tell.

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