Following last weekend’s controversial British Grand Prix, Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier Pirelli has been given the go-ahead to conduct two unrestricted three-day test sessions in the wake of the dramatic spate of tyre failures that dominated Sunday’s race at Silverstone.
With teams and drivers quick to raise concerns about the sport’s safety, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that he has sought agreement from the FIA to gain agreement for Pirelli to be given more opportunities to test on 2013-spec machinery.
The current rules – which the Mercedes team famously fell foul of – stipulate that Pirelli may only conduct testing on a car that is at least two years old, however Ecclestone has declared the rule ridiculous, urging more cooperation between all players.
“They [Pirelli] have complained in the past when these tyres have delaminated – which is certainly nothing to do with it [what happened yesterday],” Ecclestone explained in his announcement.
“They’ve said they’d like to sort it out, but they don’t have a chance to do any testing because of these bloody silly restrictions we have.
“But I spoke to Jean Todt over the weekend and he has said ‘Let them test’. So he has allowed them to run two three-day tests between now and… well, when they want, to try and do something for next year, as well as this year, so that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
“They can use what they like. No restrictions. None at all, so they can do what they want,” he added.
The FIA is yet to officially confirm the deal, or when these two test sessions will take place.