Pirelli's Director of Motorsport Paul Hembery says the Italian tyre maker's continuation in F1 has taken a further step forward after top bosses gave the go ahead for Pirelli's participation in F1 post 2013.
This week Hembery revealed Pirelli already has deals in place with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the majority of teams to supply tyres post 2013.
"The company has had many internal discussions about our work, and fortunately we were able to convince the leadership that we should stay," Hembery is quoted by the Russian website f1news.ru. "We have some good ideas to make further progress and will try to implement them. "We have a contract with the owner of the commercial rights and the majority of the teams, so if they are all satisfied with our work, then we will continue."
What is missing however is the approval of the FIA, it is rumoured President Jean Todt could be favouring a return of French tyre maker Michelin.
Pirelli has backed down from threatening to sue the FIA over the outcome of 'testgate' when Pirelli bosses were said to be furious about the reprimand handed out to them by the tribunal panel.
"The most important thing is our continued participation in the championship," said Hembery.
Pirelli is still unhappy about some aspects of the current F1 situation, in-particular the ability of one team to block alterations to the tyres. In this case Lotus blocked a planned change from steel to kevlar belts to reduce the chance of delaminations.
"We really have to think about other decision-making mechanisms," Hembery is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport, "so that we are able to respond quickly to a problem. "Surely majority rule would be better than (the need for) unanimity," he said.
Finally Hembery said the tyre supplier would have no hesitation in conducting another in-season tyre test should they fell the need, in the wake of the 'testgate' saga.
"We have no problem to meet the conditions of the federation," said Hembery.
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