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Pirelli issues fresh F1 quit threat

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Pirelli have issued a fresh quit threat in a bid to increase the amount of testing it is permitted to undertake.

According to Spain's El Mundo Deportivo and Italy's Italiaracing, the Italian tyre supplier is demanding all teams bring their 2013 cars to a two tyre tests at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit in November and December.

"We can't carry on going round in circles and decide to do nothing," Paul Hembery said recently. "Something has to change."

The biggest frustration is with a lack of cooperation from the teams and the FIA in a year that has seen incident after incident damage the brand's image. Whether it be the testing scandal with Mercedes in May, the tyre-exploding saga at the British Grand Prix and criticism of it's products by the sport's top drivers.

As a result they will demand the tests when F1's new strategic committee meet next week.

"Pirelli wants the same treatment that Bridgestone and Michelin had, when they could test their tyres at length," read the El Mundo Deportivo report.

What could the consequences be if the teams and governing body refusing to agree to Pirelli's demands?

According to reporter Raymond Blancafort the company's President Marco Tronchetti Provera "could leave F1 without tyres for 2014".

Italiaracing's Massimo Costa added: "Pirelli is tired of tainting its name because of a Formula One in which it is forbidden to test in a proper way".

This new threat could be badly timed however as Pirelli looks to sure up it's final contracts for 2014 particularly with the FIA, though the likelihood of the tyre supplier pulling out is relatively small.

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