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.”