By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has attempted to put the brakes on mounting criticism from Formula One teams that its new tyres are degrading too fast.
The Italian tyres manufacturer has reminded drivers that it is responding to calls from the FIA, sport’s governing body, to design aggressive compounds that would deteriorate faster than last year’s more durable rubber from Bridgestone.
Pirelli issued a statement following criticisms from drivers including Sebastian Vettel and Jarno Trulli. It said: ‘The increased degradation is a feature specifically requested by the teams and the organisers to improve the show.
“This is an opportunity for the sport, not a problem. What must be said is that we have not run with optimum conditions in the official winter testing, both in terms of temperatures too low and the track conditions.
“We hope that in Barcelona for next week’s test, there are the conditions to allow everyone to verify the real performance of our tyres. We will continue to work closely with the teams and pay great attention to their feedback.”