Frustrated Pirelli still awaiting 2014 deal

Pirelli motor sport boss Paul Hembery has made clear his company’s frustration at the lack of an agreement to continue as F1’s sole tyre supplier in 2014 after its initial three-year deal runs out at the end of this season.

Pirelli has been under pressure from all sides regarding its role in how races unfold in 2013, and the uncertainty over the future has created extra pressure.

The added complication for Pirelli is that the turbo cars will have very different requirements, and until a deal is agreed the company is not in a position to push ahead with R&D.

“Apparently on the first of September we’re supposed to tell them everything that they need to know for the tyres for next season,” said Hembery today.

“We’re now mid-May, so you can imagine how ludicrous that is when we haven’t even got contracts in place. Maybe we won’t be here, anyway.”

Asked whether the chance of the ‘maybe’ had grown since the last race in Spain he said: “Well two weeks have passed, so it’s grown. At a certain point somebody’s got to make a decision.”

Hembery made it clear that without any testing with the new turbo cars it won’t be easy to get the 2014 tyres right.

“I won’t say it will be guesswork. You can get some indications that the power delivery will be very different, the top speed will be different, the aero loads will be dramatically different. There’s a big question on the correct tyre sizes for next year, you’ll have less aero downforce, so maybe you need wider tyres to create grip. There’s a risk of having excessive wheelspin.

“So there’s a lot of parameters there that would create quite a lot of concern, so you’d have to take from my point of a view a very conservative approach, so we’ll be back to no pit stops or one if you need to, and talk about other things.

“The changes are so dramatic, if you go round the teams and ask the teams how they perceive the cars next year you’ll have 11 different answers.”

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7 responses to “Frustrated Pirelli still awaiting 2014 deal

  1. Mick

    They deserve to know if the FIA want them or if it intends to tender for other suppliers before development work begins. They’ve done a great job over the last few years & have been quick to respond with changes when asked by the FIA or with the consensus of all teams.

    Is there a meeting of the F1 council (or whatever it’s called) coming up soon? I’m sure a deal can be ratified quickly if the FIA & Bernie want to get this concluded.

  2. petes

    Wonder if this guy’s ever heard of Dr. Gary Hartstein?

  3. ronmon

    I wouldn’t blame Pirelli if they simply dropped out of F1. They make superb road tires and could produce F1 tires with any characteristics that the series asked for. They have done just that and gotten nothing but grief in return, which has probably hurt their reputation in the long run. It would be in their best interest to walk away and never look back on the sport which has treated them so badly.

  4. Jonno

    Pirelli were told exactly what the FIA wanted from them. They were happy to supply tyres that did the opposite of what their customers would expect from them. They should have realised what the long term implications of their contract would be – and run away from it.
    I have no sympathy with Pirelli. I’m fed up with hearing them whine that it’s not their fault that the tyres are designed to be rubbish.

  5. What is wrong with FIA!? I could´nt be THAT HARD to give an answer. A part of me almost hope that Pirelli will drop the ball and go home (not that I´m not happy with their participation in F1) just to give FIA a hard time.

  6. CTP

    I agree with all comments on this forum! Is that a first for the internet?!

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