F1 » Alonso: It’s impossible to race on new tyres


Fernando Alonso rues a bad start in Shanghai and says the new Pirelli tyres are making it difficult to race in F1 2011

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irlirie69

April 18, 2011 5:18 PM
Last Edited 1283 days ago

Uh oh... it looks as if someone is breaking out the "excuse manual." Before the season, he couldn't wait to race on them, stating the tires would make things more interesting and that the best drivers would be able to take care of them. All of the passing I saw during the Chinese Grand Prix was done on the same tires he was using. Stop pouting Ferdi and tell Domenicali to get his act together... I'd suggest using the rouse that Hamilton did, threaten leaving the team, but I doubt there would be any takers, being that you leave forest fires burning at McLaren and Renault. Ferrari started slow, but McLaren started even slower during the preseason, yet they have upped their game... Ferrari did the same late last year... but they better get on with development earlier this year before things get away from them and are too far behind to catch up. It also looks badly when Ferdi couldn't get around Felipe Massa... I'm really surprised Massa wasn't asked to move aside, although that would've m

Calvin _

April 18, 2011 5:22 PM

For you maybe. The others just seem to be getting on with it.

Anyway, the tyres shouldn't matter, with the 0.6s lap time gain that you bring to the car. Oh, it's your second year at Ferrari. Would have expected to see that gain by now...

DP - San Diego - Unregistered

April 18, 2011 5:31 PM

The point of Alonso's comment is not that he can't drive on the new tires - it is that you cannot change a strategy to race against other cars on track because performance changes so quickly. He's right. It also makes it extremely difficult for spectators to predict what's going to happen. Of course, that unpredictability is why there is so much passing this year. Alonso correctly stated that teams can only follow the strategy they planned through simulation and not react to other cars. The mano-a-mano aspect of racing is gone.

Calvin _

April 18, 2011 6:45 PM

DP FA is talking a load of crap. It is up to the driver to adapt to the tyres. FM had a tyre problem last year, but as he isn't FA, Ferrari didn't pay much attention. If FA is such a great driver, then surely adapt is a word he knows.

As for not being able to change strategy, more crap. Without refuelling, it's even easier to change strategy. Maybe his team can't do it, but that doesn't mean it can't be done, and done successfully. It has happened many times in the past, even at Ferrari, but then that was a different set of people.

Rob01 - Unregistered

April 18, 2011 6:50 PM

200 engineers on the payroll at Ferrari and not one of them can figure out a strategy?? Sounds fishy to me. Skip running after making it to Q2 and save your tires for the race like Webber accidentally did. There I helped them. Besides the racing is the same for all on the track.

Andy Smith

April 18, 2011 6:50 PM

Totally agree with you calvin

He's basicaly saying with these tyres he cant drive how he wants, so therefore its up to him and ferrari to get the stratigy right. McLaren knew lewis was hard on his tyres so made him do just one stint in Q3.

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't ferrari get rid of chris dyer cos the stratigy got messed up in Abu Dabi? Now the same things happening again?

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