Lauda accepts delay in Pirelli tyre compound mods

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda says Mercedes accepts Pirelli’s decision to delay changes to the controversial 2013 Formula 1 tyres until after they are tested in free practice in Montreal next Friday.

Teams like Mercedes and Red Bull had pushed hard for the changes, but some teams – notably Lotus, Ferrari and Force India – insisted the tyre supplier follow the rules about needing unanimous agreement.

Pirelli says it hopes all teams agree to the new tyres once they have tried them in Montreal next Friday.

“It’s a decision we accept, of course,” Mercedes chairman Lauda told Osterreich newspaper.

“It’s so everyone gets the opportunity to test the new tyres in practice, and then it is decided if they are used at the next race at Silverstone or not.”

While Red Bull and Mercedes wanted Pirelli to make fundamental changes to the new Canada tyre, it is believed the final product is simply a tweaked rear tyre that features a kevlar internal belt rather than a steel one.

“We are confident the problems of delamination will be completely solved,” a Pirelli source is quoted by Spain’s Marca newspaper.

Motor sport director Paul Hembery admitted the change has been a difficult balance.

“You can imagine that some teams are complaining for us to change, and some complaining about the change,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace.

“We have to try to change as little as possible, because everyone had the same information before we started the season and so it would be unfair to penalise those teams who have understood how to use the tyres,” added Hembery. (GMM)

Meanwhile, a source close to Pirelli has dismissed reports that the secret of using this year’s tyres is to swap the tyres from the intended left side of the car to the right.

“Since 2010, everybody has known that the Pirellis are interchangeable,” the source told the Spanish sports daily Marca.

“The construction allows it, contrary to the Bridgestones.

The source said that if there is a benefit, it is for “a couple of laps” at the most.

  • What a tangled web we weave when at first we try and deceive

    What a tangled web we weave when at first we try and deceive.

    There are new tires that were tested by Mercedes that are scheduled to be run at Canada but have been pushed back so all the teams can try them in Friday practice first.

    Now there are reports from Pirelli saying that there was no testing of tires for this years tires.

    Pirelli caught in lie!

    What a tangled web we weave when at first we try and deceive.

    Pirelli and Mercedes both are stepping all over themselves because both know what they did was wrong.

    Mercedes cannot unlearn what they learned in that tire test which by the way it is now reported that Mercedes tired different suspension settings as well as a new gear box with a new rear suspension geometry in that test.

    Then you have Hamilton tweeting false locations saying he was in Florida when he was in Spain testing.

    What a tangled web we weave when at first we try and deceive.

    Total exclusion for both Mercedes constructor and drivers championship plus a 50 million dollar fine on top for this extreme violation of the in season test ban. Ross Brawn must also be fired for his complete disregard of the rules.

  • KevinW

    Interestingly, Pirelli seems oblivious to the universe beyond their myopic focus on tires. They seem to believe that a team can run 1000km and not learn anything or gain anything, just because Pirelli had codes on the tires. Mercedes is parroting this idiotic assertion, playing anyone who listens as idiots. Are we to believe they participated in a 3+ race long 3 day test for the benefit of Pirelli alone? What, for the betterment of F1? Perhaps its their charitable attitude that drives them? Right… They gained from having three days alone on a track without supervision with their current drivers and cars, period. Screw the tires, you can still gather plenty of data about suspension setup, driver approach, brakes, aero, balance, etc.. I don’t care to hear anything more from Merc’s PR engine, including Lauda, until this issue is resolved and closed. They are either cheats, or every other team will be given a private, closed 3 day free practice session delivered to them by Pirelli, at a track of their choosing per the FIA memo exception to the established sporting regulations.

  • Lol.

    @What a tangled blablablablablaaaaaaaa

    *throws bucket of cold water over you*

    Someone needs to cool off.

  • jeff