FIA President Jean Todt has demanded Pirelli join all eleven teams at an emergency meeting of Formula 1’s Sporting Working Group this week as the sport seeks to take steps to avoid a repeat of the tyre failures seen at yesterday’s British Grand Prix.
With the FIA making clear that its focus will be on driver safety, it has demanded that a suitable solution be agreed to between Pirelli and the teams whom it supplies.
The tyremaker will once again face enormous criticism following a Grand Prix which saw a spate of tyre failures, an issue which Pirelli will counter-argue was caused by the teams’ failure to agree with one another over Pirelli’s original proposal to use stronger Kevlar-belted tyres for the remainder of the season.
The tyre issues seen yesterday will simply pour further fuel on the bonfire, and we can expect to see more pressure being applied to those teams – most notably Ferrari, Lotus and Force India – who have argued against the change on the grounds that it will affect their competitiveness.
It is time that the teams work together to find a solution that will serve the best interests of their sport. As several drivers and commentators were quick to point out, this issue is now one of safety, and the teams cannot afford to play politics anymore.