Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has said that he would prefer Pirelli to remain F1′s sole tyre supplier for 2014. The Frenchman feels that, with such dramatic rule changes being put in place for next year, maintaining some stability would be welcome.
Over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend it emerged that Michelin were in talks with the FIA to return to F1. The French manufacturer is open to either joining Pirelli and returning to the days of tyre wars – the last being Bridgestone vs. Michelin in 2006 – or returning as the sports sole supplier.
A raft of new technical regulations will debut in 2014 – including the introduction of new 1.6 litre V6 Turbo power plants. Boullier feels that because of the dramatic changes, stability on the tyre supplier front would be preferred.
Pirelli have been heavily criticised this season for their 2013 tyre range, with the softer compounds proving too fragile and causing a number of tyre blow-outs – particularly at the British Grand Prix. This sparked concern over Pirelli remaining in the sport beyond the end of the season. It is also thought that Pirelli don’t have a contract for next season with the FIA despite agreeing on a deal with Bernie Ecclestone.
Boullier is quoted by ESPN saying: “We have Pirelli and we are working with them and we are doing everything that we can to obviously make the package better. It’s going to be a complicated winter already and a complicated next year so the less change will maybe be the best.”
Lotus currently sits fourth in the constructors standings with 187 points, 125 points behind leaders Red Bull Racing.
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