Pirelli threatens to quit F1 over testing
26 October 2013 – Pirelli says it will be unable to continue as Formula 1's tyre supplier should further testing not be permitted by governing body the FIA ahead of the 2014 campaign.
Next season, new engines, recovery systems and chassis modifications will heavily alter the demands on tyres, with the Italian manufacturer having to account for the overall car weight limit increasing by 48kg and a substantially different power output.
As it is presently restricted to using 2011 machinery, a ruling reinforced after the controversial private test with Mercedes in Barcelona, Pirelli has made clear that much more needs to be done if it is to provide the teams with suitable tyres.
"We'd like some common sense, that's what we'd like," Pirelli's Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, explained to the gathered media at the Indian Grand Prix. "We have to do some testing if we can, otherwise we won't be able to provide the tyres next year.
"We don't need a lot [of testing] because we are changing some of the concepts. The structure we are not so worried about but in terms of the compounds there are a few conceptual changes we have to trial out, ideally on a 2014 car as soon as possible. But all the teams are struggling to get ready for Jerez, so that's not going to happen."
Although testing with 2013 cars is still far from ideal, Hembery feels it would be better than completing no extra mileage: "You can get relative [data] levels, you won't get absolute levels. Taking the conceptual work, you've got a choice of learning nothing if you don't run or learning something if you do run. That's the only way I can say it.
"Clearly, we would love to have a 2014 car in December. That's what we really need. If we had a month and a half between [the final pre-season tests in] Bahrain and the first race then we could do it that way. But we don't have that luxury, unfortunately."