Pirelli will not “walk away” from Formula 1 following the bad publicity its company has endured after tyre failures at the British Grand Prix last weekend.
Whilst the Italian company is yet to agree a new contract with the governing body – something that is expected to be announced this month – they are keen to solve the tyre woes and remain a part of the sport.
“We need to get it sorted,” Paul Hembery said on Friday. “The best way to react is to do it properly, get things sorted and get things back on line. We are a professional company.
“We are very passionate about what we do and very good at what we do. You don’t walk away in difficult times. That’s the time to work harder and make sure you do a better job.”
Hembery also met with the drivers in Germany to reassure them that the tyres are safe amid threats they could boycott the race.
“We tried to explain the situation, what’s happened, where we’ve been this season, the different evolutions,” he added.
“Maybe it’s not always clear to them what goes on. There’s a lot of dynamics involved in the sport, with different teams, and different interests.
“So I think that was useful to explain to them all that’s happened. We also explained the changes here and the changes going forward, which we believe are in completely the right direction for them.”