Ferrari and Englebert - Why?
Posted 08 December 2004 - 15:20
Anyway, what is the story behind Ferrari constantly switching between Pirelli and Englebert tyres between 1950-54, and their eventual permanent switch in 1955?
Obviously Pirelli was an Italian manufacturer, and probably made the best tyres as well until Dunlop came good in 1958, so what is the logic behind Ferrari dabbling with inferior made tyres from a Belgian company? Especially in 1957 when Pirelli-shod Maserati and Vanwall handed Ferrari their arses quite comprehensively...
I'm especially interested in the constant swapping of suppliers 1950-54, because as well as confusing us F1 historians now (Forix and Pirelli's site both credit a number of Englebert-Ferrari wins to Pirelli), surely at the time this played havoc with the cars? I realise that car-tyre tolerances were probably a lot greater in those days than on a modern day Ferrari-Bridgestone "complete package", but I've heard a lot of problems that hit the Lancia-Ferraris (e.g. Monza '56) were due to the D50 being designed to run Pirellis when it was still a Lancia.
My point being that the 125, 375, 500, 625...surely would have been designed for a certain tyre, or would have at least suited one make better.
Did Enzo fall out with Pirelli or something? Or were Englebert offering heavy financial incentives to run their tyres? That's about the only thing I can think of!!
Any info much appreciated!
Posted 08 December 2004 - 15:47
Posted 08 December 2004 - 17:00
I have to look this up.
Posted 08 December 2004 - 17:54
Posted 14 December 2004 - 13:58
Ecurie Francorchamps (Mr. Swaters) from Brussles, Ferrari driver/importer, offered help to Enzo with the Englebert tyres they used from time to time.
Rumors are that also the Belgian Royal family, important Ferrari customer, had some influence in the realization of the agreement between Ferrari and Englebert.
Posted 14 December 2004 - 19:51
Ater the war I understood that it was Pirelli's policy not to pay tems a retainer but to offer very good bonuses for a win. So it was good for the finances if you were winning but not otherwise. That may have had something to do with Ferrari's choice.