F1 » Gascoyne applauds 'ballsy' Pirelli for changing the face of F1

Team Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne praises Pirelli for having had the guts to put its global reputation on the line this year with the sole aim of improving the F1 show

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Spaceman Spiff - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 3:44 PM

I am torn on this subject. On one hand, I agree that competition has been spiced up by the quickly degrading tyres, but on the other hand I strongly believe that the goal of F1 technology development should be used to improve (not degrade) performance and at least attempt to be road-relevant. Unfortunately these points are diametrically opposed in this case.
Perhaps the technical regulations can find a way to bring in the missing road-relevance and technical improvement by updating the tyre specs to reflect the "modern" movement toward low-profile, minimal weight configuration.
How about it FIA... can we keep the improved "spectacle" and move toward improving (some of) the technical aspects as well ?

Taz - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 8:00 PM

Never been massively swayed by the tyre manufacturer who's in F1 ever affecting my tyre choice, rallying or superbikes does tho as it's more relevant to road tyre technology

Mercy - Unregistered

May 13, 2011 1:13 AM

I just wish they would quit f'in with the rules every year so the slower teams could have an opportunity to come up to speed. It would make the racing a LOT more exciting IMO.

steve - Unregistered

May 13, 2011 7:44 AM

Total bollox, F1 is and has been totally boring for the last several years. How on earth can a tyre maker change the face of F1, its simply crap and unless they find a way of actually doing some racing then it always will be. Now take Moto GP2 and thats what you call motorsport


May 14, 2011 9:02 PM

Gascoyne supporting Pirelli? Joke, right? 2 things:

a) who's responsible for all the klag that makes drivers afraid to pass thru this klag in able to pass? Pirelli.

b) who's responsible for NO track rubbering in? Pirelli.

Advice? Blow off Pirelli and bring back Bridgstone or Mischilin (sp?).


May 14, 2011 9:57 PM

fast degration is good - but maybe they've gone a bit to far with it (lets see 2012 tires..)

but they messed it up between hard and soft.

hard can and should be a bit slower, but should defenetly also hold longer! that is not the case with the pirelly - on some cars the soft even runs longer than the hard one.

so i only can partly agree with gasconye
(but still getting rid of bridgestone was the best - better again would be a second supllier - but without testing not possible)

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