Pirelli permitted to undertake extra tyre tests

Pirelli permitted to undertake extra tyre tests

1 July 2013 – Sole Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has been given the green light by governing body the FIA to carry out two unrestricted three-day tests in the wake of the dramatic tyre blow-outs suffered during Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

With teams and drivers promptly raising safety concerns after the race, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he met with FIA President Jean Todt to discuss the string of failures, the pair later agreeing to let Pirelli complete further mileage.

Felipe Massa, one of four drivers to suffer a tyre blow-out on Sunday
"They [Pirelli] have complained in the past when these tyres have delaminated – which is certainly nothing to do with it [what happened yesterday]," Ecclestone explained. "They've said they'd like to sort it out, but they don't have a chance to do any testing because of these bloody silly restrictions we have.

"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 and do something for next year, as well as this year, so that's exactly what's going to happen."

The rules currently state that in-season testing is only permitted if completed with a two-year old car, the fact being reinforced when Mercedes picked up a ban from the Young Driver Test for fielding a 2013 chassis during its private Barcelona test.

However, Ecclestone says Pirelli will not be held back at the upcoming tests: "They can use what they like. No restrictions. None at all, so they can do what they want."

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