Pirelli has failed to get the required FIA approval for a tyre test at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas. The test was planned to go ahead a few weeks prior to November’s United States Grand Prix but a spokesman confirmed that it had been cancelled and efforts are now being made to rearrange the test at a different venue and date.
McLaren was the team chosen to take part in the test with the intention of running test drivers Kevin Magnussen and Oliver Turvey. The venue and date was chosen due to the Woking based squad having a 2011 car in the USA at the time of the planned test. Pirelli had hoped to continue with their 2014 tyre development, but the FIA rejected their request.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented on the test cancellation in the Korean Grand Prix paddock, saying: “It’s not ideal, obviously. That’s a bit of an understatement but we understand that maybe there’s some objections from a couple of teams.”
The decision to cancel the test comes five months after the controversial test that Pirelli completed with Mercedes at the Circuit de Catalunya. Hembery revealed that the approval process has now changed: “That’s part of the process – that you don’t cross any boundaries after the Mercedes test. That’s why you have the process of approval. Those are the reasons given and we have to accept them and find another solution.”
Hembery also discussed the 2014 tyre compounds, saying that a big disparity in data being provided by the teams isn’t helping their development of next year’s tyres: “The brief is obviously quite difficult because the real impact for us will be in terms of torque, wheelspin, and a lack of downforce. I don’t think anybody really knows what it will be like. If we look at the data from the teams, there is a huge disparity, so we need to maybe do another survey in a month’s time to see if there have been any updates to that.
“But you can imagine we are not really going to get all the correct data because there is paranoia in F1. All suggestions are that it is going to be a strange start up and a big difference for everybody – drivers, teams and ourselves.”
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