FOM offers clear message of support to Pirelli

Formula One Management has issued a strong statement of support for Pirelli in response to the Belgian GP tyre controversy.
Although Bernie Ecclestone has not put his name to the statement, it obviously represents his views. He has long been close to the Italian company, and encouraged it to return to F1.
In essence FOM is reminding everyone that Pirelli was asked to provide tyres that don’t last a race distance. FOM’s support would also appear to makes it clear that Pirelli will get the next contract for 2017-2019.
The statement said: “Pirelli has been a first class partner of Formula One during the five seasons in which it has been the Official Supplier of Tyres to the FIA Formula One World Championship and we continue to have full confidence in the safety, quality and suitability of its tyres.
Within the constraints of safety considerations, which are always paramount, Formula One encourages Pirelli to provide tyre compounds with performance limitations because tyre degradation contributes to the challenge and entertainment of a Formula One race. When doing so, Pirelli provides strong guidance to competitors about any performance limitations of the tyres supplied. Competitors should heed Pirelli’s expert advice when setting their race strategy and tactics, and if they do not, it is at their own risk.
We are entirely satisfied that Pirelli was not at fault for any tyre-related incidents during the 2015 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix.
Pirelli has offered to provide to each car a single set of tyres to last for an entire Event. While we know that they would be very capable of it, a race with no pit stops would be less exciting.
Thank you, Pirelli, for helping us to deliver excitement to Formula One fans!”


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4 responses to “FOM offers clear message of support to Pirelli

  1. GeorgeK

    A ringing endorsement for Pirelli and your conclusion Adam is seemingly incontrovertible.

  2. AndyB

    Still doesn’t address the issue of designed grip degradation through wear of the tread – which is desirable – vs the fact that the strength of the underlying tyre seems at risk with the degradation of the tread. It is this link which is unacceptable, and why Pirelli should redesign their tyres.

    • MCB

      Your comment is spot on! If Vettels tires had 30% thread left (sounds to me that it should be more then enough, but I’m not an engineer), then what is a safe percentage?

      • GeorgeK

        Neither you or AndyB seem willing to accept the facts Pirelli presented regarding the cuts ALL tires received. Combining cuts with excessive wear, in Seb’s case, was the failure cause, not the underlying tire structure.

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