F1 2013 – Pirelli deny tyre changes are down to favour Red Bull

Formula One News » F1 2013 – Pirelli deny tyre changes are down to favour Red Bull

Pirelli have denied speculation that upcoming changes to their tyres are down to increasing pressure from Red Bull and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Paul Hembery told Autosport “There have been concerns from some of the teams that the changes will favour one team or another, but we don’t think that will be the case,” “These changes are being made for Pirelli, not for anyone else. We need to get the balance right.

“We didn’t want to over-react, because by doing that we could then be helping certain teams.”

“People will say it is pressure from Red Bull, but there has not been excessive pressure from them.

“In fairness to Christian Horner, a lot more has been said in the media this week than what they have told me.”

Speaking to Press Association, Hembery said “He [Ecclestone] was only sharing the comments of the majority, that we had gone a step too far and we needed to come back a bit,”

“So I wouldn’t say it was pressure from him, it was really from the fans from a sporting point of view.

“From what we saw on Sunday, we felt ‘no, this was going in the wrong direction’.

“Four stops was not what we wanted, and to make a change we needed to do it as soon as possible so teams have time to react for the rest of the season.

“The tyre from Canada onwards will combine elements of the structure from last year, with some elements of this year’s tyre.

“The fine details are being sorted and will be finalised in the next couple of days.

“But we wanted to make sure people understood we had noted their comments, so we’ve reacted and we’ll make sure we get back to where we were last season, which is two to three stops per race.”


  1. Racehound
    Posted 15/05/2013 at 11:19 | Permalink

    ftw is Hembery on about??? I enjoyed watching how a 3 or 4 stop strategy was going to play out toward the end of the race, even knowing for the last 10 laps FA had done more than enough to claim the win. Maybe some teams have figured out to just thrash the tyres until you need the next set.

  2. BobMendon
    Posted 15/05/2013 at 12:56 | Permalink

    Ok Red Bull haters it’s time to froth at the mouth.

  3. KevinW
    Posted 15/05/2013 at 16:29 | Permalink

    It all comes down to selling tires to buyers beyond F1. Tires coming apart during races, images of cords showing through ragged rubber, and tracks covered in clag does not look good, no matter what excuses they paste on it. Eventually, they will bear the brunt and hit on their commercial reputation, even if the issues are founded on the stupidity of the FIA. Tire customers don’t care who the FIA is, all they see and hear are stories of screwed up races, tires coming apart, ugly imagery, and fans complaining about tires, tires, Pirelli tires. I have been a Pirelli customer for years. However, as long as they continue to pander to the FIA by delivering an inferior product by design… they are persona non grata when it comes to my personal buying considerations.

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