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Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016

2016 Italian GP - Friday Press Conference

Transcript of the Friday Press Conference organised by the FIA for the 2016 Italian Grand Prix. Team representatives – Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Luca Furbatto (Manor), Aldo Costa (Mercedes), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Guenther Steiner (Haas) Q: Mattia, if we could start with you: Ferrari are using the final development tokens on the engine this weekend, what are you hoping it's going to bring? Mattia Binotto: It will be difficult to judge and I think we will discover it tomorrow in qualifying. No […]

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015

Teams set for busy final practice session

Formula 1 teams are set to face a busy final practice session prior to qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix due to a disrupted Friday at the Sochi Autodrom. A spillage from a track cleaning machine early in the day caused the first session to be truncated, while the water sprayed onto the circuit in an attempt to remove the suspected diesel left drivers facing difficult conditions. The situation was exacerbated in the second session as rain left the circuit soaked and only eight drivers […]

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015

Pirelli to define clearer tyre regulations

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli says it will be working with the FIA to define a clearer procedure following the tyre pressure situation which affected Mercedes at the Italian Grand Prix. Mercedes was investigated after the race when its tyre pressures on the grid were deemed to be too low, following a tweak to the recommended minimum limit after a couple of tyre failures in Belgium. Mercedes was later cleared of any wrongdoing when it was concluded that its tyre pressures did not flout the […]

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015

New Super Soft tyre set for Monaco debut

Pirelli's new Super Soft tyre will make its weekend debut at the Monaco Grand Prix, with the company saying usage of the compound will be crucial. Pirelli's Super Soft is the only new compound this year, with the changes offering greater resistance to graining and blistering compared to its 2014 counterpart, with a more even temperature distribution set to aid grip further. While the updated Super Soft tyre has been used by some teams during testing, it will be raced on for the first time […]

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015

Pirelli expecting record lap times in 2015

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says that lap records at some circuits this year may be challenged due to the increased performance of the 2015 cars. During last year's Australian Grand Prix, the fastest time during the third practice session was a 1:29.375, but this year that benchmark was lowered to a 1:27.867 during the same session - comparisons with qualifying is not possible due to 2014's wet running. Pirelli says that while a lot of the lap time is down to chassis and engine […]

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015

F1 to challenge laptime records in 2015 says Hembery

Paul Hembery, official tyre supplier Pirelli's F1 chief, is expecting the field to speed up significantly in 2015. Last year, the Italian marque took a deliberately conservative approach to its 2014 rubber, having gone through a tumultuous 2013 and with the uncertainties of the new turbo V6 era in mind. As a result, and with the high-downforce, V8 powered era in the past, lap times last year generally suffered. "Last season," Hembery agreed, "the power unit manufacturers, the teams, and ourselves (Pirelli) learned a lot. […]

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013

Drivers to trial 2014 tyres in Brazil practice

Formula 1 drivers will have the opportunity to test the latest specification prototype tyres during free practice in Brazil this week. Each car will be allocated two sets of tyres to be used in the first two practice sessions on Friday at the Interlagos circuit. The tyres will feature the 2014 construction and profile, with the 2014 medium compound. Pirelli is expected to adopt a more conservative approach due to the vast regulation changes, which include the introduction of 1.6 litre v6 engines. "Just like […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hembery apologized for his remarks says Alonso

Paul Hembery apologised after hitting back at comments made by Fernando Alonso in Korea last weekend. Spaniard Alonso had questioned the "quality" of Pirelli's 2013 tyres. Pirelli boss Hembery hit back: "I can only suggest he goes to ask the soon-to-be four time champion how to get the best from the same tyres." In the wake of the pointed retort, "We invited Paul for a chat," Ferrari's Alonso is quoted by the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. "He accepted, he came, he apologised […]

Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Alonso critical of Pirelli tyres

Fernando Alonso has criticised Pirelli's tyres following qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Alonso will start the race from fifth place but believes that it is not pleasant to drive at '95% all the lap.' "We have to be honest; the quality of the tyres is very on the limit," he said. "If all the cars push 100% from the start of the lap, the tyres will not do 5km. It is not very helpful and not very nice to drive at 95% all the […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vettel using 'secret' exhaust-blown solution

Sebastian Vettel's dominance is being powered by a clever post-'exhaust blowing' solution, a specialist Italian magazine claims. After the reigning world champion extended his 2013 points lead with a dominant performance in Singapore, former F1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi raised doubts about the legality of Vettel's Red Bull. Minardi, watching trackside at Marina Bay, said Vettel's car displayed worryingly good handling, while his Renault engine "sounded similar to past seasons when traction control went into action". Indeed, Autosprint has now revealed an exclusive video that […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pirelli to be 'very conservative' for 2014 says Hembery

The days where grands prix are spiced-up by deliberately heavily-degrading tyres could be over. Since the tyre-exploding crisis earlier this season, and the mid-year shift from steel to kevlar-belted tyres, Pirelli has also been taking more conservative compound choices to the races. Very recently, it has culminated in less exiting grands prix, and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel's now tight grip on the second half of the season. And for 2014, despite the radical engine rules shift, little will change on the tyre front. "We […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pirelli extends GP2/3 tyre contract

Pirelli has confirmed that they will continue to be the sole tyre supplier to the GP2 and GP3 series in the forthcoming seasons. The Italian company has supplied tyres to GP3 since the series began in 2010 and took over responsibilities from Bridgestone in GP2 from the start of 2011. Both GP2 and GP3 run identical compounds to Pirelli's Formula 1 tyres in order for the young drivers to become accustomed to the rubber. "We're delighted to continue supplying our tyres to both the GP2 […]