Pirelli want action on tire testing

Mon Oct 7, 2013 3:03pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SEOUL (Reuters) - Pirelli have urged Formula One teams to give them the tools to do their job rather than complaining their tires are not good enough.

The Italian company was again in the line of fire at the weekend's Korean Grand Prix, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Mark Webber complaining about how quickly the tires wore out.

McLaren's Sergio Perez suffered an explosive delamination of his front right tire during the race at Yeongam which left debris strewn across the track and brought out the safety car.

The incident was reminiscent, in terms of drama, of the spate of blowouts earlier in the season that triggered safety fears and forced Pirelli to return to last year's structure with 2013 compounds.

Pirelli motorsport head Paul Hembery told reporters on Sunday there were no worries about the Perez incident but there was real concern about how the tires would behave next year when the rules change significantly and a new V6 turbocharged engine is introduced.

A planned tire test with McLaren in Austin, Texas, before next month's U.S. Grand Prix was cancelled after objections that it could favor the former champions, who are fighting Force India for fifth place overall.

Pirelli have done several tests, including a controversial 'secret' one with Mercedes in May, with teams providing older cars, but have repeatedly complained that they need to use more representative machinery.

"We're running around in a 2010 car, developing tires for the 2014 car, which nobody really knows what it's going to look like," said Hembery. "Yet every time we even ask to test with a 2011 car we come up against opposition.   Continued...

Pirelli "Full Wet" Formula One tyres are pictured in the pit ahead of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Tim Chong