F1 » Massa: There will be lots of pit stops in F1 2011

Felipe Massa: It's easy to predict there will be more pit stops compared to recent years. Degradation is higher and it's definitely not easy to look after the tyres.

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Rob01 - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 6:05 PM

I thought last year they were bringing less tires to the events? To save money. Now we MAY have 3 or 4 pit stops in a race. Add all the marbles on the track and you have a recipe for a crappy race.


February 22, 2011 6:32 PM

All the marbles on the track might give some good races. Get the cars moving about a bit more and there might be more passing and the drivers might actually have to work a bit during a race.

Rob01 - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 6:39 PM

Once the marbles build up it will become a processional. As there will only be ONE line. Anyone acumulating rubber will be passed like a HRT on the straightaway. Maybe they could use the rear wing flapping to blow away the marbles though. F1 becoming mickey mouse with all the bull crap regs and ideas to increase passing.


February 22, 2011 7:47 PM

Everyone banged on last winter about the tyres will only do 10 laps and they will be pitting every 5 minutes and the degradation is out of control, and what happened? You could drive around planet earth on 1 set of tyres and still do your fastest lap of race at the end, so im not sure its half as bad as the drivers are making out, AGAIN...!!!

Alan D - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 7:57 PM

More pitstops means more opportunity to pass in the pits, so less need to worry about passing on the track. More marbles in the corners makes the racing line narrower, so less incentive to try outbraking someone or to try driving around the outside of one corner so you get the inside line on the next. More pitstops means more chance of getting lucky or unlucky with the safety car. Does that all add up to more opportunity to "accidentally" get on the marbles, bring out the safety car, and give your team mate a lucky win? Nah, that's just too far-fetched.

Mikeyy - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 8:00 PM

WSBKs and BSB run Pirelli's in ther races and they get atleast 30 laps out of there tyres so i cant understand what thse guy are moaning about.
plus what did they expect first year for these guys in f1 first year will be experimently and should make for some good races.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 8:18 PM

Mikeyy, I'm sure that Pirelli is quite capable of making a tyre which could last the whole of an F1 race if it wanted to, or even several races. The grip levels might not be what F1 has come to expect, but it might make racing more interesting, a bit like a wet weather race but without the visibility problems. But as I understand it, these flaky tyres are at the request of the FIA who think this is what is needed to spice up racing by providing more changes of lead. I'd rather see cars overtake on track, and without the benefits of the contrived push to pass mickey mouse solutions they've come up.

Rob01 - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 8:22 PM

Trulli says he is ok with the tire degrading but...
In my opinion tyre wear is secondary compared to the tyre's balance problems, because at the moment you get on the track with a new tyre that initially is understeering, and after three laps the behaviour is the opposite, that is impossible oversteering."

He thinks the construction is lacking.


February 22, 2011 8:49 PM

rob. pirelli said that they were altering construction. but the high degredation may play into the hands of cars and drivers that are easy on their tyres. so massa and button may have an advantage.


February 22, 2011 9:29 PM

Why is it that the FIA totally stifles engineering innovation to produce superior race tires. They insist the tire manufacturer make "compromised" tires, the pinnacle of motorsport, what a joke!
It's so funny to hear Hembery go on and on about how happy Pirelli is with the tires. Just take the money and run Pirelli!
I agree with many others that rubber "marbles" will create one-line race courses and make passes much more dangerous. The FIA secretly wants all the passes done in the pits, Gawd knows why!

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