Pirelli renews F1 quit threat amid push for more tyre testing

Pirelli tyre is worked on

Pirelli tyre is worked on

Behind closed doors, Pirelli is still fuming and stamping its managerial feet as the Italian tyre supplier pushes to be ready for the 2014 season.

International reports, including in Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo and by Italy’s Italiaracing, say that the sport’s tyre supplier wants all the major Formula 1 teams to take their 2013 cars to two tyre tests, in Abu Dhabi in November and December.

“We can’t carry on going round in circles and decide to do nothing,” Paul Hembery said recently. “Something has to change.”

Pirelli’s frustration is with the lack of cooperation from the teams amid the Italian marque’s tumultuous 2013 season, where the criticism of its products has been at fever pitch.

So the reports thatsay Pirelli will insist on the Abu Dhabi tests when Formula 1’s new strategic committee meets next Monday.

“Pirelli wants the same treatment that Bridgestone and Michelin had, when they could test their tyres at length,” read the El Mundo report.

Correspondent Raymond Blancafort said that if the teams or the FIA refuse, Pirelli president “Marco Tronchetti Provera could leave Formula 1 without tyres” for 2014.

Italiaracing’s Massimo Costa added: “Pirelli is tired of tainting its name because of a Formula 1 in which it is forbidden to test in a proper way”. (GMM)

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