F1 » Pirelli 'confident' after final private test

Paul Hembery: It's been an extremely positive test session here in Abu Dhabi, thanks to the fantastic facilities we've had available to us and the usual hard work from Pedro [de la Rosa] and the rest of our team.

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January 19, 2011 5:19 PM

Having read that Pirelli plans to "add excitement" to F1 this year be necessitating two tire changes per race is just incredibly wrong. I don't want to have the tire supplier structuring the races. Let the drivers do that. What we have here is the institutionalization of idiocy in F1. We just had the best season in a long time and here comes a rookie Pirelli telling everyone how to do things! They are just trying to be Bridgestone who by the way just left F1 because there is no competition between tire manufacturers and nobody gives a flying ---- how cleverly you can degrade your tires and still not kill someone! There's a lesson there Pirelli, just not the one you're learning.

KGBVD - Unregistered

January 19, 2011 6:02 PM

An unnecessary rant nealio.

If anyone is 'structuring racing' it is the FIA with their ban on in-race fueling, and mandatory 2 tire compounds, thus removing all strategy from the races.

What Pirelli is doing is, unlike Bridgestone, simply providing a tire that can't be run non-stop for the entire race. There's nothing convoluted about it. From what I can ascertain, everyone, apart from you, is welcoming the spiced up strategy/racing this is going to produce.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 19, 2011 8:38 PM

KGB, I don't think there is any problem with banning refuelling. There are lots of things you can't do during the race, so saying you can't refuel doesn't seem inherently wrong. But when there was refuelling, the race tended to be a series of sprints. I'm happier to see the cars change their handling over the course of the GP. On the other hand, forcing cars to have a pit stop, change tyres and use both compounds seems entirely artificial and I don't think it adds anything to the racing.

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