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SBD Global/November 18, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Pirelli's Hembery Says Tiremaker Has Extended Deal With F1 For Three Years
Published November 18, 2013
CONTROVERSIAL CAMPAIGN: Despite having reached a deal to continue in the sport, the ’13 season has been everything but smooth sailing for Pirelli. There has been “Tiregate,” the tire-failure fiasco at Silverstone, and numerous complaints by drivers and teams. Hembery: “Unfortunately we are not really sure why we’ve ended up being caught in that crossfire between the teams -- maybe they’ve forgotten we are not a competitor. Actually everybody has exactly the same product and exactly the same challenge. Whether you like it or not is a different matter. That has been slightly disappointing that people have forgotten what we were asked to do.“ Pirelli was asked to supply tires to do races between two to three stops and to create a challenge, Hembery said. “So, it’s been a bit strange when you have had some people complaining sometimes that the product isn’t what they want when the person in front of them is using the same tires.” Going forward, Pirelli will be a lot more conservative when it comes to tire composition in order to avoid the harsh criticism it received this year. Hembery labeled the ’13 campaign as one with very stimulating and exciting races, but also some frustrations. “You live and learn,” he said.