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'Don’t blame Pirelli for boring 2017' - Hembery

2016-05-11 10:37

NOT TO BLAME: Pirelli's F1 chief, Paul Hembery, said that the tyre-supplier meeting demands by the FIA and should not be blamed if races in 2017 are boring. Image: Pirelli

Cape Town - Pirelli's Formula 1 chief, Paul Hembery, said the tyre supplier should not be blamed if F1 races become more boring next season.

In a difficult political climate at present, F1 legend Niki Lauda said the new chassis and engine rules are the result of a "compromise" agreement.

Lauda, Mercedes team chairman, told Auto Motor und Sport: "Whether it fulfils expectations remains to be seen."

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Also uncertain is Sauber's veteran team manager, Beat Zehnder, who said: "Will the 2017 regulations be better for the show? I don't know. I hope so. At the moment I have my doubts, although I hope that I'm wrong." 

Burden on Pirelli

A big part of the 2017 package is the tyres, with Pirelli asked to supply not only bigger, wider and grippier tyres, but rubber that degrades less harshly. 

Hembery confirmed to Russia's Championat: "We are changing the design philosophy of the tyres. We will make them less sensitive to temperature, so there will be less degradation or performance drop.

"The drivers will be able to attack more rather than build a strategy to work with the tyres, as they do now," he said.

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Hembery continued: "At first we were asked to produce tyres for F1 that should be changed two or three times during a race, so I think in 2017 you will see a very different product from Pirelli.

"Only time will tell if the races are better or worse. Since we came into F1, there has been more overtaking than ever, but from next year it will depend on the drivers and the cars. 

"Don't blame us if the races are boring!" Briton Hembery exclaimed.

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