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Teams back down over tires as Ecclestone pushes for Pirelli test

Jul 1, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT


The three F1 teams who blocked Pirelli’s attempt to introduce a new construction of tire in response to earlier failures say they will no longer oppose the move.

Meanwhile plans are afoot for Pirelli to be granted the chance to conduct two three-day tire tests to prevent a repeat of the potentially dangerous failures seen during the British Grand Prix.

Ferrari, Lotus and Force India previously opposed Pirelli’s plan to switch from tires with steel belts to Kevlar as they claimed it would hand their rivals an advantage. Pirelli wanted to make the change after a series of delaminations occurred earlier in the season.

However in the light of the multiple failures at Silverstone the trio have removed their objections. Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali said: “It’s important to move forward and solve the issue because it’s something that is very important for all of us.” Ferrari were among the teams to suffer a failure on Sunday.

Formula One commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt have agreed to grant an exception to the ban on in-season testing to find a solution to the problem.

“[Pirelli have] said they’d like to sort it out, but they don’t have a chance to do any testing because of these silly restrictions we have,” said Ecclestone.

“But I spoke to Jean Todt over the weekend and he has said ‘Let them test’.

“So he has allowed them to run two three-day tests between now and… well, when they want, to try to do something for next year, as well as this year, so that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”

  1. apexassassin - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Formula Pirelli… sigh.

    I just hate being reminded of Indy 2005. At least no one was injured!

  2. purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    What a bunch of bullshit apex…this is not Formula Pirelli…I am so sick and tired of uninformed fans who do no reading; making uninformed comments. This is nothing like Indy 2005 – that was diamond grinding and it also affected the NASCAR tires. So that is Goodyear and Michelin both being caught out by the same thing…the teams were merely innocent bystanders.

    This is nothing like that, so let’s go ahead and tell it like it is. The problem in Formula One relative to tires at the moment is not Bernie. It’s not the FIA. It’s the teams. That is why the new Concorde is trying to do away with the rule that the teams must unanimously agree on everything. It’s time to start over ruling some of these guys, since all they do is look out for their best interests, and that is what we are looking at here. Ferrari and Lotus GREED. Plain and simple.

    DRS. Guess what? That came from the teams; not the FIA or Bernie. Not letting Pirelli change the tires – that’s Ferrari and Lotus.

    The tire blow outs this weekend – blame Ferrari and Lotus; cause they are the ones who saw an advantage and started blocking moves to make changes. This caused Pirelli to change glue not construction.

    The FIA just solved the problem – Pirelli can change the tires now, they just go to the FIA and tell them why and the FIA can say do it now.

    It’s not Formula Pirelli it’s Formula One – specifically Lotus and Ferrari. That is what happened.

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