F1 » Pirelli denies ceding to Ferrari pressure in tyre choices

Pirelli insists its tyre selection in F1 2011 has not in any way been influenced by certain teams' requests - as the Italian manufacturer's motorsport director Paul Hembery calls for more representative tyre testing

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UGGI - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 1:36 PM

Never thought about that, but I suppose it could be true? Alonso did praise his tyres after his victory?
But would Ferrari do such a dastardly deed, lol!!!
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm indeed.

Bystander - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 3:32 PM

As a Ferrari fan I did read the tyre choices for the coming races with a smile... But I think whatever Pirelli had announced it would have been wrong - had they chosen harder compounds there would have been a story saying they were favouring McLaren/Red Bull at the expense of Ferrari (as there was when the last tyres were announced).

I don't think there's any real way to resolve this one.

Shirley Knott

August 05, 2011 4:05 PM


Of course there is a way to resolve it...
Let the teams choose their own tyres with the provisio that they have to use two types per race. simple. Why should a tyre manufacturer dictate which tyres are going to be used?

As for Pirelli IF (and I do say IF because I don't think they would be influenced by any team (said with tongue firmly in cheek)) they were favouring Ferrari, does anyone think they would admit it?

Bystander - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 4:51 PM

@Shirley - what a fantastic idea! Hadn't thought of it like that. It would mean more variety in strategy if different cars went to different extremes and very exciting racing. Personally I'm ambivalent about the "use both types of tyre" rule at the moment, I preferred it when there were two tyre suppliers. But then I also liked refuelling too.

To be fair to Pirelli, before the season started there were conspiracy theories saying as an Italian firm they would make tyres that suited Ferrari which hasn't been the case. But yes, they would never, EVER say "oh yes, we've chosen these tyres because one team like them". Bit of a non-story really!

brendan - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 5:33 PM

they clearly arent favouring ferrari, if they were they wouldnt of changed their tyres before melbourne (from pressure of other teams). This last minute change ruined ferrari's season.

Jarno Trulli brought it up in april. and he is bang on. the tyres at melbourne were not what they were using in testing. it suited red bull and mclaren. But due to how ferrari were easy on their tyres it meant they couldnt warm them up and were effectively useless.

so if ferrari were being favoured they went about it a bad way!


August 05, 2011 5:57 PM

brendan, dont spoil the fun for all those who love to believe there is a conspiracy in favour of ferrari!

maybe pirelli changed the tyres to suit mclaren, and that is why they have recovered some speed? oh yes, thats it, mclaren are to blame, or is it red bull, or.....

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