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FIA blocking new Formula 1 deal for Pirelli

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The FIA are the only obstacle blocking a new Pirelli deal for 2014 and beyond as a report suggests Bernie Ecclestone's FOM and most teams already have a "long-term deal" signed with the Italian tyre supplier. 

F1 business journalist Christian Sylt reported last week Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) already have a deal in place with Pirelli however: "Pirelli haven't got an agreement with the FIA (for 2014)." Ecclestone added. 

Now the Telegraph is also reporting Pirelli has deals in place with most teams, which are also said to be long-term.

The Telegraph's F1 reporter Tom Cary believes the lack of a deal with the FIA is adding to Pirelli's frustration with the sport after significant resistance from some teams to alter their highly-criticised tyres, provide the supplier with a representative car and lack of testing.

Cary continued saying Pirelli's bosses are also said to be furious after being reprimanded by the tribunal panel that investigated the 'testgate' scandal.

"There are constant rumours that Michelin may be waiting in the wings, with FIA president Jean Todt having sided with the French manufacturer three years ago when Pirelli were given the contract."

While denying that the FIA is trying to force Pirelli out of the sport, Cary did claim, "if Todt looks elsewhere at this late stage or uses the reprimand in any way to undermine Pirelli, the Italian manufacturer is ready to go to the civil courts."

Pirelli has also admitted it is close to running out of patience over the lack of productive testing, Director of Motorsport Paul Hembery told Canadian radio:

"You know, going to Barcelona to test with frost on your windshield in the morning is - to be honest - ridiculous."

"If one of my engineers suggested we go testing in Barcelona in February, we would show him the door," he added.

"We are here in Formula 1, it is an international, high-level discipline, and we need to conduct representative tests."

It is believed teams may give Pirelli what it desires should they stay in the sport next season as a final pre-season test could take place in the Middle East prior to an opening race in Bahrain.

Finally Hembery ridiculed the teams’ resistance to provide Pirelli with a representative car to test with.

"We plan to go to Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in December," Hembery revealed, "but we're not sure with what car.

"It could be with the 2010 Renault or with a classic F1 car -- I don't know," he added sarcastically.


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