Pirelli will remain conservative until F1 demand aggressive approach

Paul Hembery

Paul Hembery

Pirelli has warned it will take a very conservative approach to the 2014 Formula 1 season unless its mandate is clearly set out by the governing body.

Formula 1’s official supplier has been the subject of intense criticism about the quality of its tyres in 2014.

But boss Paul Hembery insists many have forgotten that the Italian marque was specifically tasked by Bernie Ecclestone to spice up the races by producing aggressive tyres that quickly degrade.

That mandate, however, was never enshrined in the actual rules, to the point that Hembery argues many of the sport’s leading figures have now forgotten.

“We just want to know what we should do,” he said in Austin.

“We want clear guidance, as it seems to me as though people have forgotten what we were asked to do.”

This weekend in Austin, Hembery admitted Pirelli’s tyre selection – the hard and medium compounds – “is on the conservative side” for the US Grand Prix.

And he warned that, if Pirelli’s role is not clarified, the sport should prepare for more “one-stop races” in 2014. (GMM)

  • ZombieJebus

    You want to talk conservative… there’s a hardly a difference between the Mediums and Hards. :(

    Huge gap to the softs and super softs to the Mediums though.

    I still don’t get why they can’t make a tyre that’s safe, competitive – you know one the lets the drivers actual race, and doesn’t fall to pieces creating single line racing. The amount of rubber the softer tyres leave around teh track is digursting. Edpecially with all this nonsense about going green.

  • uh

    people were asking for degrading tyres that still could be raced on like in canada 2010, not chewing gum tyres to be nurtured for the entire race or exploding tyres.