Pirelli open to experimentation

Tuesday 03-June-2014 12:44

Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery admitted that the tyre supplier is willing to experiment with wider tyres in an attempt to re-balance aerodynamic and mechanical grip.

Earlier this season, Felipe Massa suggested that Formula One could benefit from introducing wider tyres while also reducing downforce, which would enable the cars to follow each other through corners far more efficiently.

Hembery added that Pirelli suggested introducing wider tyres for the 2014 F1 season, but some of the teams on the grid weren't interested and the idea was put on the back-burner for the time being.

"That was one of the things we discussed last year when we first saw the new regulations - having less aero and we'll give you wider tyres," Hembery told Autosport.

"At the time, the teams didn't feel that was necessary and wanted us to keep the tyre sizes the same so we weren't able to follow that.

"But we've always said we'll do what the sport wants.

"If they want us to go up to the old, super-wide tyres we'll do that; 15-inches, 20-inches - you tell us what you want and we'll have a go at it.

"But you've got to decide what you're trying to achieve.

"From a tyre point of view, you have four compounds and in some cases you are compromised, in some cases you hit the sweet spot," he added.

"But that variation probably adds some unpredictability to the races."

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