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2015-01-19 08:10

LARGE TYRES TO RETURN? Pirelli hasn't rejected the idea of a return to the large rear-tyre format used in the 1970s. Pictured here is the 1970 Belgian GP won by BRM's Pedro Rodriguez Image: YouTube

ROME, Italy - Pirelli is open to supplying bigger tyres to help spice-up Formula 1.

A report by Italy's Autosprint saidthe sport would be more exciting for spectators if cars were equipped with big 70s-style rear tyres.

The change could be part of a major revamp for 2017, with CEO Bernie Ecclestone also pushing for the current V6 power units to be replaced by "loud, 745kW" engines.

'NEED A LITTLE NOTICE'

Regarding the possibility of wider rear tyres, meanwhile, Pirelli's Paul Hembery said: "We had talks with Charlie Whiting (F1 race director) as we have always been open to meeting the needs of the sport.

"We just need a little notice. It will be very difficult to completely redesign the tyre for 2016 so it is more realistic to think about 2017.

"This is also a logical consequence of our contractual terms, as our deal will expire at the end of 2016."

Wheels24 thinks it's a great idea - more-or-less matching wheel diameters all round don't, somehow, look right on a super-powerful F1 car. Makes them look like bloated karts. Do you think Pirelli should go back to Seventies rubber? Why not email us with your thoughts...?

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