F1 » Schumacher, Pirelli fall out over tyre wear

Former world champion Michael Schumacher is less than happy with the state of the tyres in F1, causing Pirelli to respond by saying other drivers are making them work.

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George Zaidan

April 23, 2012 11:46 AM

Michael Schumacher, the most successful F1 driver in Formula 1 happens to have the experience to know about his sport. If 80% of the drivers have to nurse their cars to prevent premature tire wear then Pirelli needs to fix the issue instead of saying all was fine during the Winter, this is Summer guys own up to your shoddy product instead of trying to pass the buck by just thinking making the big bucks is all you are in it for.

Rick - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 11:47 AM

I'm not a big fan of 'The Schum', but here I have to agree with him. These tires cause the drivers to sometimes drive like little old ladies on their way to church. F1 is no longer flat out fight to the finish that it was long ago. A drivers main quality should not have to be tire mamangement!


April 23, 2012 12:00 PM

i have said before, that i dont like these degrading tyres. however, when you read hembry's statement, he does make a point. pirelli were instructed to make these tyres degrade, as it was to add a further element into what is called a 'race'. and the situation is the same for all drivers in all teams. so schumi is not being disadvantaged any more than others.
however, note that in shanghai and in bahrain, SOME drivers are able to make the tyres last. of particular note were nico in china, and di resta in bahrain.

e - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 12:04 PM

Reminds me of Mario Party on the wii, where ya its great fun and entertaining but in no way is the best person rewarded with the win because items added to live up the fun have a bigger effect on the outcome.

For pirelli to be given a brief to create a tire that 'livens up the action' is stupid. The brief should be to make the fastest and longest lasting tire. Liven it up, that is like adding in bogus tires where you have a one in 20 chance of getting an exploding tire, or one made entirely of frozen marmite. Must be very annoying for a driver and team who trains and works constantly then a tire has more influence on the outcome.

Gaz - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 12:04 PM

The only "strategy" I want to see is put your foot down and race !
Sick of the ridiculous outcome to races due to nothing to do with a drivers bravery and skill but just how they can maintain their "doctored compounds" !

dannyisnow - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 12:04 PM

I think its very true, The racing on track has become who can make the most the tyres during the weekend. It should always be a factor but it shouldn't be the sole reason.

Seem to see a lot of negativity towards Michaels comments, but i do seem to remember Button bring up similar comments a few months ago. And Martin Brundle also suggested the tyre situation is becoming a bit too much.

Stuart - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 12:07 PM

I agree that it's not Pirelli's fault - they're creating tyres to what they've been asked.

But Schumi is correct I think - F1 now seems to be supporting the careful smooth driver and punishing drivers that dont leading to races being won by not always the fastest driver.

Hang on...did I just agree with Schmuacher? Damn. I feel all dirty. I need a shower.

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