Inside the F1 tyre debacle politics

Inside the F1 tyre debacle politics

Formula 1's future tyre situation already looked shaky even before the Mercedes testing scandal. Now the Silverstone failures have raised the stakes. Dieter Rencken investigates

As a lesson in mixed messages, the ongoing Pirelli saga rates as an absolute masterclass even by Formula 1's own lofty standards, with the FIA's International Tribunal and Silverstone debacles serving only to further confuse the situation.

Although the question of Pirelli's future in Formula 1 was first raised by this column last year, over 12 months ahead of the expiry of its current 2011-13 contract, there now remain fewer than six months for F1's major players to get their respective acts together to ensure the sport is not reduced to racing on 'Fred Flintstone tyres', as Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali so wittily – yet no less accurately – put it back in April in Bahrain.

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