Adamo backs Pirelli amid WRC test interruption

Hyundai Motorsport boss is confident that tire development won't be an issue

Andrea Adamo

Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo has waved away concerns about the short timeframe facing Pirelli before the tire giant returns to the World Rally Championship next season.

Next January’s Monte Carlo Rally will be the first event in a four-year control tire supply deal for Pirelli and coronavirus has cut in half the anticipated test and development time for the firm.

Adamo says the teams will have nothing to worry about.

“Pirelli is not a company that has been invented yesterday by people that before were baking a cake,” Adamo told DirtFish.

“They know what they’re talking about, they have tires that are already good and they know what they are speaking about.”

Adamo is familiar with Pirelli as a company, having begun his own career in motorsport with Lancias running Pirelli rubber.

“I don’t want to be misunderstood but someone [another tire firm] with no [WRC] experience before, maybe I could be worried. But ******g hell, we are speaking about Pirelli.

“Pirelli know what they are doing, they are doing products as good as Michelin so somehow they are comparable in terms of reliability.

“I don’t see why we cannot adapt ourselves to run Pirelli tires from Monte Carlo.”

Pirelli recently confirmed that, as expected, Andreas Mikkelsen is to be the test driver of its Citroën C3 WRC test car. The Italian firm also revealed initial details about its test program and plans.

Sources have confirmed Hayden Paddon and Kris Meeke have been in discussion with Pirelli regarding a similar role to Mikkelsen’s.