Pirelli says tyre tests with F1 teams will continue despite row

Pirelli plans to conduct further testing on its 2014 Formula 1 rubber with teams despite the controversy over its running with Mercedes at Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix

Pirelli says tyre tests with F1 teams will continue despite row

The Italian company's motorsport boss Paul Hembery stressed that developing rubber for next year was the main focus of the contentious test.

But he did also confirm that some running was done using the modified Kevlar belt construction that will be tested in free practice in next week's Canadian Grand Prix, albeit not with the same compounds.

He stressed the need to be able to test in machinery more representative of current cars.

"We envisage other tests during the year looking at 2014 and we certainly will be hoping to have other tests with teams who are willing to perform that," he said.

"We were already in discussion with a number and maybe some others will become available as we move forward because the change in 2014 is very dramatic.

"We saw some initial data from some teams [about the 2014 cars] and it was very clear to us that we would have to make very dramatic changes, hence the need to start testing new concepts and new developments."

Hembery added that Pirelli did not demand that Mercedes use the actual 2013 car for the test.

He also said that he believed that Mercedes had discussed which car would be used with the FIA.

"It has been suggested in some quarters that we asked for a 2013 car; that's not true," he said.

"We asked for a representative car.

"Our understanding was the there was good discussion between Mercedes and the FIA on this subject."

Hembery also hinted that creating a mechanism for it to test with relevant cars is necessary for it to agree to stay in F1 next year.

"This situation confirms a need that we have talked about to have representative testing in F1," said Hembery.

"If we are going to remain in 2014, this becomes even more important with the weight of changes that are going to happen.

"Testing should be performed in relevant conditions, with relevant cars at relevant circuits with relevant drivers and weather.

"We would encourage in-season testing because that allows you to make changes during the season in a qualified way and that's something that would give us great benefit, particularly in light of the dramatic changes that we are going to see in the sport next year."

PIRELLI: TEST NOT SECRET

Hembery also railed against claims that the test, which took place at Barcelona, was held in secret.

Rival teams were furious that they had not been informed and only found out about it during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

But Hembery insists that it was transparent.

"Some people have described the test as secret," said Hembery.

"Well, I don't think we are going to win any James Bond prizes because we booked the circuit in our name two days after a Formula 1 race, we turned up in our trucks dressed as Pirelli people with a brightly coloured Mercedes car in a circuit like Barcelona where when you hear an F1 car, the fans turn up and take photos.

"That clearly wasn't the case, or we would be very bad spies from that point of view."

ANOTHER TEAM HAS TESTED

Hembery confirmed that another tyre test had also been conducted with another team.

This is believed to be Ferrari, using an old-specification car as widely believed to be permitted by the F1 sporting regulations.

But Hembery claimed the details of this test could not be disclosed.

"Yes, we have done with another test, another 1000kms," said Hembery, when asked if any such tests have been conducted.

"That [the details] remain confidential, but the FIA were informed as they were with the Mercedes test."

shares
comments
Mercedes tyre test row: Pirelli insists it did not act improperly

Previous article

Mercedes tyre test row: Pirelli insists it did not act improperly

Next article

Canadian GP: Sauber preview quotes

Canadian GP: Sauber preview quotes
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021