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FOM gives its support to Pirelli

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03/09/2015

In a rare move, Formula One Management (FOM) has issued a statement, confirming its faith in Pirelli.

The statement follows Pirelli's investigation into Sebastian Vettel's tyre failure in the closing stages of the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Italian manufacturer concluded that the failure was due to a cut which in itself was due to track debris, whilst also emphasising that the tyres had been over-used.

The statement from FOA reads:

Pirelli has been a first class partner of Formula One during the five seasons in which it has been the Official Supplier of Tyres to the FIA Formula One World Championship and we continue to have full confidence in the safety, quality and suitability of its tyres.

Within the constraints of safety considerations, which are always paramount, Formula One encourages Pirelli to provide tyre compounds with performance limitations because tyre degradation contributes to the challenge and entertainment of a Formula One race. When doing so, Pirelli provides strong guidance to competitors about any performance limitations of the tyres supplied. Competitors should heed Pirelli’s expert advice when setting their race strategy and tactics, and if they do not, it is at their own risk.

We are entirely satisfied that Pirelli was not at fault for any tyre-related incidents during the 2015 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix.

Pirelli has offered to provide to each car a single set of tyres to last for an entire Event. While we know that they would be very capable of it, a race with no pit stops would be less exciting.

Thank you, Pirelli, for helping us to deliver excitement to Formula One fans!

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1. Posted by GrahamG, 04/09/2015 16:11

"I don't know why Michelin are even bothering to make a bid, clearly Bernie and co are hooked on rubbish tyres out of the 1980s and Pirelli have found the obvious way to keep them in their pocket. What a farce, more years of stupidity"

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 04/09/2015 15:54

"It would be sad if it wasn't so funny!
FOM\Bernie which instigated and continues to require the use of 'chewing gum' tyres to spice-up the racing endorses Pirelli for making them. An unvirtuous circle....."

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3. Posted by twillis, 04/09/2015 3:30

"All I gotta say is that if I owned Pirelli I would get out of Formula 1 as fast as I could. The fact that I'm producing tires that only last about 20 laps must give the average F1 viewer the subconscious impression that Pirelli street tires are equally short lived or unreliable. When I go to buy tires at my local garage I want to get a product that's gonna last about 50,000 km and not 50 ! "

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4. Posted by TORC, 03/09/2015 21:03

"All this arcane contrived faux entertainment is a puss oozing cancerous carbuncle on the historical honor of F1 and it's drivers. Gone are the days of courageously heroic passes while corralling fire breathing dragons. DRS and tires littering the track with cast-off detritus as they disintegrate by FIA's design in the name of entertainment are an insult to the intelligence of the viewing audience. Why not just being back the Roman chariot wheels with long protruding blades to liven things up? The state of F1 management is a disgrace!!!"

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