By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli tyres have voiced concerns about the future of the season-opening Formula One race in Bahrain which may be called off due to the escalating tensions due to the riots.
Plans are believed to be afoot to organise an additional test in place of the Bahrain GP if the race is called off and to find an alternative venue for the scheduled Sakhir test as well.
Pirelli motorsport chief Paul Hembery warned that reorganising tests could have logistical implications for them – as F1’s new tyre supplier – because it has already despatched some tyres and other equipment on its journey to Bahrain.
“At the moment we haven’t really been involved in the discussions,” he said.
“We clearly have a fair amount of material and equipment that’s already on the way to Bahrain – and we can’t turn that around, so any decision that we make is a going to have a big impact logistically on us.
“That’s something that we’re waiting to hear from the sport – it’s not just the teams, we’ve got FOM involved and the FIA. And I think that needs pulling together very early next week, from our point of view, because we’re starting up – it’s not that we have a warehouse full of lots of tyres at the moment.
“Any decision made, it’s not automatic that we will be able to support those decisions. If the tests follow the same dates as Bahrain then possibly we have a chance, or later would help a lot of course. If Australia becomes the first race then of course we can fit in an additional test session.”