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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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.....


August 05, 2011 8:29 PM

Maybe McLaren should announce their plans for Lulu's tyre selections for the next few races, just to keep tha hamfans conspiracy theories alive...

"We will endeavour to give Lewis the wrong tyre at every opportunity" a team spokesman said "when its dry we will give him inters, when its wet we will give him slicks, when he should be on primes we will give him options. And of course we will give him a super soft compound that wears out faster than everyone elses"

Nealio - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 8:48 PM

This accusation is rubbish! It's interesting to note that Pirelli is bringing compounds next to one another in hardness to each race, i.e. soft & medium, abandoning the one step apart strategy i.e. soft & hard, they employed earlier in the season, "to spice up the show." With no testing on the F1 cars it's amazing that they have been as good as they are.

Mark _

August 05, 2011 9:54 PM

@Shirley - the reason that they don't let the teams decide is most likely down to what Pirelli are able to produce and ship. To add another tire compound to the mix and have enough for all teams should they all decide to go on the same strategy would require the production and shipping of a huge amount of tires that will not be used.

Scruff - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 10:10 PM

I agree it would be nice to let the teams choose any available compound with the stipulation being they use a "prime" and "option" variety each dry race, but i believe the tire manufacturers cite this as being "logistically not possible" to bring all the compounds they make to every race. I know Bridgestone uses this as the reason it's taken them so long to get the softer tires out there in MotoGP allocation again, it's my assumption that Pirelli would or did say the same if/when asked.

So as is it would seem there will always be someone with a package better suited to the selection available at a given track.


August 06, 2011 12:03 AM

It certainly seems that way Mark, maybe he's just a social climber lol.
Hopefully now that he's registered he'll spend a bit more time talking about F1 and a bit less time stalking me, but sadly I have my doubts.


August 06, 2011 12:15 AM
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Why don't they put all 4 compounds in the guise of coloured balls in a box and have a draw for each race, they could have 5 draws a year for the forth coming 4 races, it would also give Pirelli extra recognition, and less likely to be suspected of fixing the selection.
Similar to the lotto or the FA cup draw, the BBC could make a program of it to replace the drivel they now show and when it becomes popular sell it the sky.

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