Pirelli tyres seek early answer over F1 future

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By Alex Kapadia

Pirelli is eager to establish whether or not it will continue as the sole tyre supplier to Formula One ahead of next June’s deadline.

The Italian tyres manufacturer signed a three year contract with the teams and the sport’s chiefs back in 2010 to become F1’s exclusive tyre partner.

A decision about whether the deal will be renewed is not scheduled to be reached until mid-2013, however Pirelli is keen to get the matter resolved sooner rather than later, because F1 is heading towards a radical change of car designs for 2014.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “The deadline is June next year, but we would be keen to have a decision earlier than that.

“If we need to find 300-400 people a different job then we need to know earlier.

“We are starting to talk and finding out what the sport wants. With the cars changing dramatically for 2014 from a tyre manufacturer and producer’s point of view, there is so much changing at once.”

Pirelli has suggested it could trial more aggressive tyres if it is able to continue beyond its original deal, according to Autosport.

But until a contract is in place, Hembery says that the firm will not spend too much time developing its 2014 rubber.

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