Pirelli Racing Manager Isola – “We want to follow what F1 asks us”


Pirelli says they will produce more durable tyres if that is what both the drivers and Formula 1 chiefs want for the future.

Numerous times the Italian manufacturer has been asked to produce fast-degrading tyres for its return to the sport but drivers have criticized this approach. Earlier this week Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alex Wurz said that F1 drivers prefer a long-lasting tyre so they can deliver a better show for fans.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola said the manufacturer is ready to change their approach for tyres to adapt to the needs of the F1 industry.

“This is part of the target and it’s fixed by the Formula 1 environment,” said Isola at the Paul Ricard wet weather tyre test.

“As we’ve always said, we want to follow what F1 asks us. This is another aspect of the target of development we have for the future.

“It’s a choice. If we have to produce long-lasting tyres, we need to focus on that. If we have to produce tyres with degradation, we have to focus on that. We have more than 180 championships where we have different targets.

“In GP2 there is a strong requirement for degradation because the promoter wants to have something similar to Formula 1. In GT, they want to a tyre to do double stints.

“In rally they have different requirements, so it depends on the championship.”