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Pirelli not planning to change tire design

Mar 28, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

A pair of Pirelli's new P Zero Red supersoft tyres are seen after the second practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne Reuters

Despite being criticized by Red Bull Racing following the opening two races, Pirelli have rejected all ideas of re-designing their 2013 tires.

Both the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix saw teams having to carefully manage their tires, with most drivers pitting four times during last weekend’s race. Red Bull, who have been struggling to get to grips with the new compounds, called on Pirelli to re-design the tires in order to improve the standard of racing, but the supplier’s F1 chief Paul Hembery has rejected the idea.

“If we did, and we ended up favoring one team, we could have the championship over by Monza,” Hembery told AS Newspaper.

“This is F1. Everyone trying to gain advantage over the others. If you have the whole paddock against you, then you have to take action.”

However, Ferrari and Lotus have been quick to defend Pirelli, comparing the situation to the beginning of the 2012 season which also saw an over-reaction to the standard of tires compared to that of 2011.

Hembery believes that Red Bull are getting good performance out of the tires despite their protests.

“They [Red Bull] have good performance. Perhaps they would like to have more, but I’m sure that’s the same for other teams too.”

The problem for Pirelli may not be the tire wear, but instead their choice of compounds for the race weekends so far. In Malaysia, the wet conditions made meaningful data unobtainable, whilst the use of the super-soft tire in Australia was widely criticized. However, Pirelli will be keen to make the right move as they seek a contract renewal for 2014.

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