Pirelli Might quit F1 over testing plans.
If plans for a 2017 test programme are not ratified, Pirelli might be forced to quit the Formula 1 as there won’t be enough time to prepare new tyres said Pirelli in a statement. The move has come after a frantic few weeks of dialogue between Pirelli, the FIA & F1 teams over sorting out the testing plans, among Pirelli concerns that it was close to the point where there was not enough time for it to get next year’s wider tyres ready.
Earlier this month Pirelli wrote to the FIA to clarify that if the 2017 test programme was not sorted immediately, then it would have no choice but to withdraw its tender application for the 2017-2019 F1 contract. Pirelli’s move & acknowledgement of how serious the situation had become, prompted F1 race director Charlie Whiting to recently visit senior representatives from the company in Milan for a meeting to push the testing agreement forward.
The change to the rules to allow testing has now gone to the F1 Commission for approval, with a deadline of today to be sorted. In case Pirelli does not get the necessary support, the Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has made it clear that the company will be forced to walk away from the F1.