Pirelli boss says communication is key in F1

2nd September 2013

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has claimed that communication between the tyre manufacturer and Formula One (F1) teams must improve.

Ahead of the last grand prix in Belgium, drivers demanded assurances about the safety of Pirelli's tyres after further spectacular failures in practice.

Both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso suffered delamination of their tyres during a session on Friday, which was later traced to debris on the track from Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus.

However, the incident showed the need for a better dialogue between the teams and the tyre manufacturer, which would have ensured everyone was better informed before conclusions were jumped to.

Hembery told Autosport that all concerns raised by the drivers need to be listened to, but he added that more dialogue is needed as there can be "a gap in the information flow sometimes".

"We were confident in the information we had from the teams. The cars were going a bit quicker this year and we had re-verified with our own testing that the product we had was suitable for Spa."

Pirelli and the F1 teams are currently preparing for this weekend's (September 6th) Italian grand prix at Monza.

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