F1 stakeholders gather around Pirelli’s table


Pirelli will hold a crunch meeting at their Milan headquarters next week to discuss "target tyre performance guidelines" for 2017 with Formula One's key stakeholders.

Formula 1 is pushing ahead with plans to make cars up to five seconds quicker for the 2017 season.

Pirelli, though, have voiced concerns in the past that their tyres will not be able to cope with the proposed changes and as such have called the meeting to discuss the way forward.

"Pirelli sees this meeting as being of vital importance in order to further consolidate the close collaboration that got underway last year with the FIA, FOM, and the drivers," the company said in a statement. "Of the more than 250 championships in which Pirelli takes part worldwide, Formula One is the biggest challenge."

Pirelli added that in order to deal with the technical changes for the 2017 championship they "need to carry out more on-track testing.

"This is a factor that has been extremely limited in recent years, despite the important evolution of the cars and subsequent increase in performance.

"All these are vital steps towards tyre development that takes into account the future evolution of the cars and added performance, which will be particularly notable in 2017.

"This will allow an even more effective use of the advanced technology that makes Pirelli the world leader in performance tyres."