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Pirelli tyres to be “very conservative” in 2014

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pirelli medium and hard tyresPirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says the company plans to produce much more conservative tyres for F1 next year if they remain in the sport.

F1’s official tyre supplier’s contract expires at the end of this year. They returned to F1 in 2011 and were briefed to produce tyres which degrade quickly with the aim of producing more unpredictable racing.

Their tyres were criticised earlier this year for being too aggressive. Pirelli altered the construction of the rubber following a spate of punctures during the British Grand Prix.

And with sweeping changes being made to the design of the cars next year, Pirelli are planning to be more conservative with their design.

“We’ll probably go very conservative next year if we can,” Hembery told ESPN. “We say conservative but we might find that there’s so much torque that it becomes aggressive from this year’s conservative – but we do believe that with all the changes that the teams are going to have it’s probably a year for us to stand back and let them deal with their new challenges until maybe everything settles down.”

Hembery said the subject of tyres is likely to take a back seat in 2014: “I think next year will be a year for standing back because you don’t want to throw in tyres with the confusion of maybe teams trying to master the new powerplant.”

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