PIRELLI HOSTS VI­TAL MEET­ING WITH DRIV­ERS ON F1 TYRES

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LON­DON — Pirelli to set to host a meet­ing of For­mula One’s key stake­hold­ers in Mi­lan to dis­cuss how the sport wants the tyres to per­form in fu­ture.

For­mula One is cur­rently plan­ning a rewrit­ing of the rules from 2017 to im­prove the show with faster and more ag­gres­sive- look­ing cars. Driv­ers have said re­peat­edly that they want tyres that let them race flat out from start to fin­ish rather than the cur­rent quick- wear­ing ones that re­quire care­ful man­age­ment over a dis­tance.

Pirelli said in a state­ment the meet­ing, to be held at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters, would “dis­cuss tar­get tyre per­for­mance guide­lines”.

“Pirelli sees this meet­ing as be­ing of vi­tal im­por­tance in or­der to fur­ther con­sol­i­date the close col­lab­o­ra­tion that got un­der­way last year with the [ gov­ern­ing] FIA, FOM [ com­mer­cial rights holder], and the driv­ers,” it added. For­mula One’s sole sup­plier said the tech­ni­cal aspects would be­come ever more com­plex in 2017 and that would re­quire 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,” the com­pany said.

“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.”

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