Ecclestone backs call for 'flat out' racing

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016
Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has backed calls made by drivers for a return to 'flat out' racing in Formula 1, following years of competition with tyres designed to degrade at a certain rate.

Pirelli, since its return as the sole supplier in 2011, has been given a mandate to spice up the racing, typically forcing drivers to stop two or three times for fresh tyres per race.

However, Ecclestone has now suggested that the design should be altered to enable drivers to push throughout the race, rather than driving to a limit.

"A million per cent," he told BBC Sport when asked if drivers should be flat out throughout a Grand Prix.

"I have already told Pirelli that. The bottom line is Pirelli supply the tyres in F1, they are the tyres we should use and the teams and drivers should work with Pirelli to perfect the tyres."

A meeting is scheduled to be held with Pirelli next month, before the start of official pre-season testing.

"Whatever drivers want to turn up can turn up," explained Ecclestone.

"Whatever teams want to turn up can turn up. It will be the president of Pirelli who is there, not a messenger."

Pirelli is set to remain as Formula 1's sole tyre supplier until the end of the 2019 season.

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