Pirelli responds to speculation over F1 tyres after Singapore GP

Pirelli has felt compelled to clear its name after conspiracy theories emerged in the wake of Mercedes' surprise performance slump in the Singapore Grand Prix

Pirelli responds to speculation over F1 tyres after Singapore GP

The usually dominant Mercedes cars were off the pace in Singapore, and in the race Nico Rosberg finished a distant fourth while Lewis Hamilton retired.

In light of speculation Pirelli could have supplied Mercedes different tyres to negate its advantage last weekend, the Italian manufacturer has chosen to explain the procedure as to how each team receives its allocation of tyres over the course of a season.

Hamilton: Singapore was 'no fluke'

Pirelli states the destiny of the 1700 tyres taken to each race is mapped out long before they arrive at a circuit, and made in a specific production run solely at its factory in Izmit, Turkey.

Each tyre is fitted with a barcode supplied by the FIA and which is embedded into the structure of the tyre during the vulcanisation process, one which cannot be swapped, and which is traceable throughout a weekend.

The process of allocation that follows is entirely random and governed by the FIA, with Pirelli in no way involved.

Each team is assigned a Pirelli engineer who works exclusively with that team for the season, and who is only allowed to receive information relating specifically to that team.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: "Deciding which tyres are allocated to which teams, or when they are used, is a job taken care of entirely by the FIA once the tyres have left the factory.

"It is just another way that impartiality can be ensured among all the teams, which has always been a huge priority for us as exclusive tyre supplier.

"The way that our team engineers work also respects this confidentiality, which is constantly of paramount importance."

Post-race in Singapore, when Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff was asked about the conspiracy theories, he replied: "I need to be careful what I say... it crosses my mind.

"We had a situation in the DTM where the tyre was changed mid-season this year, and I didn't think it was possible.

"We've seen a lot of things, but I don't think Pirelli would do that."

shares
comments
Sainz says Toro Rosso F1 team-mate Verstappen likes 'bad boy' role

Previous article

Sainz says Toro Rosso F1 team-mate Verstappen likes 'bad boy' role

Next article

McLaren to test gearbox fix in Japanese GP F1 practice

McLaren to test gearbox fix in Japanese GP F1 practice
Load comments
The mid-season rule change that has left F1 teams scrambling Plus

The mid-season rule change that has left F1 teams scrambling

The technical directive issued by Formula 1 to reduce levels of automation in pitstops has given teams an unwelcome period of adjustment. Although safety was the primary goal, it has already had a significant impact on the title race and puts extra pressure on teams to deliver as the season reaches the business end

How the pandemic is continuing to bite F1 Plus

How the pandemic is continuing to bite F1

Uncertainty over the shape of the calendar doesn’t just vex the fans and the commercial rights holder. MARK GALLAGHER explains at how race promoters have been pushed to the financial brink

Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words Plus

Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words

Some 18 drivers have finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on his way to 100 wins. Three of those recall their battles with Formula 1’s centurion and give their personal insights into the seven-time world champion on his rise to unchartered territory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2021
Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2021
How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi Plus

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2021
Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces Plus

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2021
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Plus

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021