Pirelli keen to stay in F1 despite troubles

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Pirelli is keen to extend its contract as Formula One’s official tire supplier despite its troubled season.

Their products came in for criticism from some teams early in the year who claimed they were too aggressive. Then a spate of failures during the British Grand Prix led Pirelli to hastily change their constructions in time for the next race.

Nonetheless motorsport director Paul Hembery is keen for Pirelli to remain in F1:

“We’ve said we want to stay in, we want to make sure that we rectify some of the issues of this year of which one was our own making, many others weren’t, that’s for sure,” he told ESPN.

“When things are tough that’s the time that you keep going. We’re not quitters and we will make sure that we keep working hard and doing the best that we can for the sport.”

Hembery is optimistic of agreeing an extension on its F1 contract for next year: “We do have long-term arrangements with FOM and the majority of the teams so it’s getting there.”

“So I believe we will be, unless the sport doesn’t want us and it changes its mind, I have no idea! But we are trying to do the best we can for the sport within the restraints we’ve got.”