Former team founder, now BBC pundit, Eddie Jordan believes F1 teams should be 'more careful' when criticising Pirelli.
The Italian tyre supplier has had a difficult 2013 as some teams have strongly criticised their high degrading rubber and now are embroiled in the 'testgate' saga and are due at the International Tribunal on June 20.
But speaking to Austrian TV the Irishman believes more respect should be shown to Pirelli or they could leave the sport without a tyre supplier in the future.
"Pirelli openly submitted its tender, they also paid money for it, and now they're criticised or ridiculed by some teams," he said. "I think some teams should be a bit more careful. Who is going to give them tyres if Pirelli is not there?
"Do we see anyone else willing to do a better job? I think we should really be a little more friendly to Pirelli."
He also believes it is right that Pirelli has not caved into pressure to make strong revisions to its 2013 tyres after the criticism of some major teams.
"You can't punish someone who's done everything right," added Jordan, referring to those teams who "built their cars correctly" for the 2013 specifications.
He also pointed to the lack of criticism, indeed lack of mention of Pirelli at the Canadian Grand Prix where the tyres played much less of a role and produced exciting racing.
"I didn't hear a word about the tyres (in Canada)," he continued. "Sebastian (Vettel) said nothing, Alonso and Hamilton said nothing, and these were the top three.
"They complain if it doesn't work out for them."
Meanwhile, on the 'testgate' saga, Ferrari has revealed it said "no" to conducting a test with its 2013 when the marque Italian tea conducted its test with Pirelli in Bahrain earlier this year.
"Of course we said no," Ferrari spokesman Renato Bisignani told Brazil's O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. "The regulations prohibit the use of a car from this year," he added, clarifying the point Ferrari has used a 2011 car when conducting it's test with Pirelli."
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