'Most teams want to keep tyres' – Pirelli
24 April 2013 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli says "the vast majority of teams" have requested that its new-for-2013 compounds remain unchanged as the season progresses, with the brand speaking out amid complaints over inconsistency and high degradation levels.
Although drivers have expressed concerns about the life of Pirelli’s rubber, particularly with the Soft compound at Shanghai, the Italian manufacturer’s Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, claims he has been urged by most of the grid not to make tweaks.
"It’s no different this year than any other year," Hembery explained to the Reuters news agency. "We've given the challenge, some like it and some don't. They all have the same challenge. In the end we've had the vast majority of teams come to us and say: 'Whatever you do don't change anything'.
"We might - because we have to, and because we see things that as tyre supplier we might want to change - but essentially they are saying: 'Don't change even if you are getting this (negative) media coverage.' So it is rather strange."
Hembery added that Red Bull has been the most outspoken team in 2013, with rival outfits wary of any changes working in favour of the reigning World Champions.
"The most vocal team has been Red Bull obviously, and for their reasons," said Hembery. "The others, if they see one team pushing that way will push against that because they feel there's a good reason why they want to go in that direction."
Pirelli returned to Formula 1 as its sole tyre supplier in 2011, following Bridgestone's exit. The company's contract runs out this season, with a new deal yet to be agreed.