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Pirelli has agreements with all teams for 2014

ESPN Staff
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Paul Hembery: "We're in the final details and the final contracts so we have agreements with all the teams" © Sutton Images
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Pirelli has finalised agreements with all teams to continue supplying tyres in 2014, motorsport director Paul Hembery has confirmed.

One sticking point that had brought in to question Pirelli's future in the sport was the lack of contracts in place with all the teams to supply tyres for next season and beyond. However, Hembery confirmed that was now long an issue and feels even more confident that Pirelli will remain in Formula One.

"We said after Spa that we're in the final details and the final contracts so we have agreements with all the teams and we have an agreement with the promoter," Hembery said.

Asked to clarify that all teams were now on board, Hembery replied; "Yes, yes."

Hembery admitted he didn't know why the FIA had yet to agree to announce Pirelli as next year's tyre supplier.

"I don't know, you'll have to ask them. In two weeks' time we're meant to be giving the data for next year's tyres and wind tunnel tyres in three weeks. We've had no indication that there is any issue at all."

Pushed on when an announcement could be made, Hembery said that realistically confirmation was not going to change anything for Pirelli.

"It's a bit of a non-announcement isn't it? Because we have been working for four months on next season, so it's the lack of clarity in the process I guess which is why you're all here [asking questions], but the practicalities are we've been working on 2014 and beyond for quite some time."