Pirelli Tyres chief executive denies Ferrari preference claims

31st January 2012

Pirelli Tyres chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera has refuted accusations that the new compounds designed for the 2012 Formula One season will favour Ferrari.

The accusations come after Pirelli unveiled the new tyres last week in Abu Dhabi with the new designs offering a softer compound for drivers this season.

This marks a major change of direction for Pirelli, which previously gained praise for its introduction of harder tyres that offered faster degradation on Formula One tracks.

Critics have suggested that the switch back to softer designs is one that favours Ferrari but Mr Tronchetti Provera has moved to quash such comments.

Speaking in Spain’s AS newspaper, he said: "It was a choice we made in accordance with all the teams and drivers.

"These (2012) tyres are for 2012, not the cars of last year."

Ferrari famously struggled to adapt to these changes with lead driver Fernando Alonso finishing some way off the leader Sebastien Vettel and Felipe Massa suffering a disastrous campaign.

Massa faces a crucial year with the Italian racing team, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season and fresh terms dependent on his performance over the coming twelve months.

Posted by Danielle Barge