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F1 tyre contract situation 'bizarre' - Pirelli
Monday 12th August 2013, 17:32 by Ryan Wood
Pirelli's Paul Hembery has described the current situation surrounding Formula 1's tyre supply contract "bizarre" as the Italian company is yet to receive confirmation if it will be the sole supplier next year.
Pirelli's exclusive three-year supply deal ends this season, but with no tender going out to seek new suppliers, Pirelli has pushed forward with its plans for the 2014 season.
Hembery says agreements are in place with all the parties involved, minus the FIA - which is yet to agree to a new contract amid reports Michelin - a company highly regarded by FIA president Jean Todt - is interested in returning.
"It is the most bizarre situation," said Hembery. "We have agreements in place with the vast majority of people involved, but there is not a clearly defined process.
"We are going forward, getting teams signed up, getting promoters signed up and working on 2014. We can only work with what we are being asked to do.
"We have cooperation from teams, cooperation with promoters and ongoing cooperation from the FIA, so until someone tells us something different we don't see what we should do differently."
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