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2013-03-27 08:38

NO NEED TO PANIC: It seems the 2013 Formula 1 season will continue with the current range of Pirelli tyres, despite their high degradation.

Ferrari and Lotus would veto any move to have Pirelli change the compounds of its 2013 tyres.

Before the RB9 finished first and second in Malaysia, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko claimed F1's Italian tyre supplier "has promised" to make changes to its controversial 2013 product in the wake of the high degradation seen so far this season.

'PIRELLI CANNOT CHANGE'

Red Bull and Mercedes had reportedly complained to Pirelli that, according to their data, the new tyres are wearing out faster when fitted to the very best cars.

Marko said: "I think Pirelli has realised (the situation) and we have been promised that other compounds will come to Bahrain at the latest.”

Ironically, those who complained the loudest about tyres before the race at Sepang - Red Bull and Mercedes - ultimately monopolised the highest four finishing places, quietening the saga for now.

Changing Pirelli tyres on grounds other than safety would require the unanimous agreement of the teams.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported that Lotus, whose Kimi Raikkonen won in Australia, would "veto" any such move.

Ferrari principal Stefano Domenicali is quoted as saying: "Pirelli cannot change something without the agreement of the teams unless there is an imminent safety risk.

"It makes no sense to panic after two races.”

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