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GP Week : Issue 123
F1 NEWS >> PIRELLI has vowed to keep its tyres at the very centre of the F1 show and say they will change the allocations for Grands Prix if teams get too comfortable with the demands of the new rubber. The new tyre supplier has played a prominent role in the action-packed races that have begun this season and is keen to keep it that way. At the beginning of the year, teams were struggling to cope with the excessive wear of the new tyres, culminating in the front-runners pitting four times during the Turkish Grand Prix. However, the recent European Grand Prix saw almost all drivers adopt an identical three -stop strategy, thereby reducing the unpredictability of the action. Responding to a question on Wednesday, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery said he didn’t think the tyres would play a lesser and lesser role as the season progressed and teams improved the performance of their cars and learned more about the tyres. “ They ’ve still got to dominate the medium and hard compounds,” he began. “ We can also mix the choices around based on what we feel the strategies being developed by the teams. “From our point of view, the big interest will be seeing the data from the cars next weekend [in Silverstone] when we see the full impact of the change in [blown diffuser] regulations, because that clearly will have an affect on the way the tyres are used and the stress the tyre is being put under in cornering.” He said that if teams got comfortable with the tyres at any point, he would change the allocations to ensure Pirelli remained at the centre of attention. “ Yes, teams might get used to it, but as soon as we see a pattern emerging we’ll throw in some changes again,” Hembery concluded. Pirelli will make changes if teams get too comfortable with its tyres For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... 11