Pirelli denies conflict with F1 teams

Pirelli denies conflict with F1 teams

Formula 1

Pirelli denies conflict with F1 teams


Pirelli has moved to dismiss suggestions that it is in fresh conflict with the teams, despite claiming that it was how teams used their tires that caused the Silverstone failures.

Following investigations into the causes of the British Grand Prix blow-outs, Pirelli believes a combination of teams swapping left- and right-side tires, plus running pressures too low with aggressive camber choices, caused the incidents.

That moving of responsibility on to the teams has led to suggestions of fresh friction between the Italian tire company and Formula 1’s competitors. However, Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery issued a statement on Tuesday night claiming that his company was working in harmony with everybody.

“Contrary to the impression that some people have formed, I would like to underline the collaboration and support that we are receiving from the teams, drivers, FIA and FOM,” he said. “In no way are we intending to create arguments or attack anybody. We have taken our responsibilities upon ourselves as our press release indicates.

“But not having full control over all the elements that impact on the use of the tires, we need everybody’s contribution. With regard to this, we are receiving the full support of all the parties involved, for which we are very grateful.”

Pirelli is introducing new Kevlar-belted rear tires for this weekend’s German Grand Prix, and will impose a ban on tire swapping and strict limits on camber and pressures.

From the Hungarian GP, new tires – made up of 2012 construction with 2013 compounds – will be introduced.