Pirelli questions 2015 tyre warmer ban
4 April 2014 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is doubtful whether next year's planned tyre warmer ban will be feasible.
The Italian manufacturer is to begin testing development tyres at the upcoming post-race test in Bahrain, as it attempts to get an idea of what changes will be required for the complete ban on heating devices.
But Pirelli Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, says there are safety concerns over finding a solution with the current dimension of Formula 1 tyres, describing it as the brand's "biggest issue" ahead of the 2015 season.
"Working with no tyre blankets is a very big problem," Hembery commented. "It is not an issue with the compounds, it is more to do with stopping a tyre becoming a balloon, and becoming undriveable or dangerous.
"At the moment, I have to say it looks very difficult to achieve for next season staying with the current tyre sizes."
Hembery added that, if tyre sizes are changed, a ban on tyre blankets would be realistic, but even with the increased levels of testing this year, he is not sure that a safe product can be produced for 2015.
"Everything is possible given time," Hembery went on to explain. "The number of parameters involved are so important and so intrinsic to the inherent safety of the sport that it is not something that you can do lightly.
"While we do have an improved situation with regards to testing, it is debatable about whether or not that is acceptable or sufficient to allow us to arrive at a solution that is robust enough for Formula 1."