ERJ staff report (BC)
London – Red Bull have an agenda in complaining about this year's tires and the “vast majority” of Formula One teams have urged Pirelli not to change them, according to the Italian company's motorsport director Paul Hembery as reported by Alan Baldwin of Reuters.
Pirelli introduced new rubber compounds this season to encourage overtaking, mix up strategy and create more pitstops.
Concerns have been reported that the races have become confusing for fans, while some drivers have complained about having to pace themselves rather than being able to go flat out.
Hembery is quoted as commenting: "In the end we've had the vast majority of teams come to us and say: 'Whatever you do don't change anything'.
"We might – because we have to, and because we see things that as tire supplier we might want to change - but essentially they are saying: 'Don't change even if you are getting this (negative) media coverage.' So it is rather strange."
Hembery, whose company replaced Japan's Bridgestone in 2011 on an initial three-year deal that runs out at the end of this season, expected the situation to calm down once the midpoint of the season was reached.
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