Pirelli to focus on what F1 wants


Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola said a concerted effort would be made to adapt to the needs of Formula 1 drivers and the sport's leadership.

Just this week, Grand Prix Drivers' Association chair Alex Wurz expressed concerns about the quality of the tyres currently being used on the circuit. Isola has since said the option to produce more durable tyres was on the table if that was what the stakeholders in the industry wanted.

"This is part of the target and it's fixed by the Formula 1 environment," Isola told journalists in France this week.

"As we've always said, we want to follow what F1 asks us. This is another aspect of the target of development we have for the future. It's a choice. If we have to produce long-lasting tyres, we need to focus on that. If we have to produce tyres with degradation, we have to focus on that. We have more than 180 championships where we have different targets," added Isola.

"In GP2 there is a strong requirement for degradation because the promoter wants to have something similar to Formula 1. In GT, they want to a tyre to do double stints. In rally they have different requirements, so it depends on the championship," he said.