F1 could be set to take a sharp turn away from the era of Pirelli’s heavily degrading tyres.
A few days ago, GPDA director Alex Wurz revealed that formula one drivers are calling upon a return to “maximum attack” racing.
And the BBC quoted a source as saying: “To a man, the drivers say ‘We are driving far below our own personal limits – and those of the cars – because of the tyres. It’s not fun and we don’t like it’.”
In response, Pirelli defended its current tyres on the basis that it only does “what F1 asks us to do”.
“If we have to produce tyres with degradation, we focus on that,” said racing manager Mario Isola. “If we have to produce long-lasting tyres, we focus on that.”
The heavy-degradation era was prompted and has always been staunchly defended by Bernie Ecclestone, on the basis that it is good for the ‘show’.
But the F1 supremo may now be willing to re-think that approach, agreeing “a million per cent” with the drivers that the sport should be about maximum attack.
“I have already told Pirelli that,” the 85-year-old added.
And he confirmed that a meeting at Pirelli’s Milan headquarters early next week will be held.
“Whatever drivers want to turn up can turn up,” said Ecclestone. “It will be the president of Pirelli who is there, not a messenger.”