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Pirelli will produce ‘flat out’ F1 tyres if requested

Pirelli reiterates that it is happy working to any brief of tyre supply as drivers call for rubber that allows them to push to the 'maximum'.
Pirelli says it will consider supplying more durable tyres capable of increased cornering speeds that will allow drivers to race at 'maximum', but only if it is requested to do so by the commercial rights holder.

The Italian firm has generally worked to a brief handed down by FOM of producing tyres that degrade more in an effort to spice up the racing and promote alternative strategies, though drivers have aired their dislike for this as it forces them to temper their pace and conserve rubber.

Having adopted a more conservative strategy in 2014 and 2015 – after criticism in the wake of high profile failures mid-way through 2013 -, Pirelli is poised to be more aggressive with its options this year at the request of the commercial rights holder, which wants to improve the spectacle again.

In response, however, the Grand Prix Drivers' Association is preparing to present its own justification for more durable tyres that can be pushed harder and corner quicker, arguing that 'happy drivers' will create a more 'honest and authentic performance'.

For Pirelli, it is happy to work to the blueprint that is presented to it, with Mario Isola saying the company is experienced enough in other forms of motorsport to work towards any brief.

“It's a choice,” he said. “This is part of the target fixed by the Formula 1 environment and as we always said we want to follow what F1 asks of us. This is another aspect of the target of development for the future.

“If we had to produce long-lasting tyres we have to focus on that, if we have to produce tyres with degradation we have to focus on that. We have more than 180 championships where we have different targets.”

“In GP2 there is a strong requirement for degradation because the promoter wants to have something similar to F1. In GT they want to a tyre to do double stints while in Rally they have different requirements. They all have different requirements that we try to follow and find the target to deliver the right product.”

Meanwhile, Isola says discussions over the car it will use in order to begin 2017 tyre testing is still in negotiation, adding that it needs to start testing as soon as possible.

“There is an ongoing discussion [2017 F1 rule changes] and we are trying to work together with the other Formula 1 stakeholders to find a solution.

Pirelli has previously suggested it could use a decade-old car as a potential test bed but that it needs the regulations to be decided soon so that it can modify the chosen machine accordingly.
by Ollie Barstow

Tagged as: Formula 1 , Alex Wurz , Pirelli , tyres , GPDA

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January 26, 2016 6:45 PM

Yes it was the same Pirelli which rightly said "It could not cope with the planed increase in cornering speed proposed by the use of higher down force" they could only achieve that with their present "given" tyre brief that could need the use of higher tyre pressures, which in turn will make the present tyres as demanded by FOM boss much more resilient. Pirelli on the argument of the suggested down force level increase "If you want to increase performance, we can do it, just by tyre size change we will be able to gain two seconds, if you than gave us a proper testing program, probably by tyres alone, and with a natural evolution of the current car, we can deliver four seconds, it would be cheaper for everybody" mrfill, you need put it in your head once and for all that most of the problems with formula 1 will just disappear when and if the onehalfcancerleftinF1 is gone.

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