Sep.9 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Pirelli could involve F1’s governing body to ensure the safety of its tyres.
At Spa two weeks ago, the tyres on some cars – notably the Red Bulls – worryingly blistered.
The cause of the problem was traced to aggressive front camber angle, as Adrian Newey confirmed that Red Bull had slightly breached Pirelli’s recommendation about not exceeding 4 degrees.
It was then rumoured that Pirelli would clamp down for Monza and beyond with a 3.75 degree guideline, but also rumoured in the paddock are more cautious recommendations of 3.5 or 3.25 degrees.
Ultimately, however, the recommendations are not mandatory — but the Italian marque’s Paul Hembery revealed on Friday that Pirelli could call upon the FIA for help.
BBC pitlane reporter Ted Kravitz confirmed that the FIA could “enforce as a rule” Pirelli’s recommendations.
He said Hembery is monitoring the situation and will act if he thinks teams are “flouting” the guidelines. “We will reserve judgement about contacting the FIA,” Hembery is quoted as saying.
The BBC’s Natalie Pinkham added that the FIA will indeed “force teams” to follow the recommendations this weekend, with Pirelli concerned about overheating on the ultra high-downforce Monza layout.
“That means any team doing what Red Bull did in Belgium will be reported to the stewards,” she said.