F1 » Whitmarsh: Wrong to criticise Pirelli

Pirelli has come in for a bit of stick from Michael Schumacher following the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Martin Whitmarsh thinks such criticism is unfair

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FreeJack - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 6:27 PM

Nobody is criticizing Pirelli, not even Schumacher...they're doing what they've been instructed to do, and they're doing it well. The question is whether or not the "spectacle" of having tires that degrade badly enough that drivers cannot push themselves or their cars is really a "spectacle" at all. In my opinion, it's not...it's tedious.

Amigo - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 6:56 PM

What I don't like Pirelli Tire is too much marbles on the track. Even spectators are annoying about seeing marbles on the track.
No one can deny Pirelli tire rubber quality is very poor if you compare to Michelin and Bridgestone.
Pirelli must improve its rubber quality. Schumacher has right to speak out about Pirelli Tire. Tire is very important for drivers' safety.

Sadden - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 7:56 PM

Yeah you're wriht that why Button so good when it comes tyre manaement otherwise Button is a avarege driver not good like Alonso Hamilton it's how you take care the tyres. we missed drive.

R 25 - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 8:29 PM

He better show some respect to a top brand in F1 from Italy, they are doing well and providing a bit of entertainment in the pits for F1.

Besides he might have to turn to the other big Italian name in F1 for an engine next year if Mercedes are talking about or if their is 'talk of a walk out'from Merceds. Either way he wont have an engine in his teams cars next year if thats the case. lol.

Droog - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 8:50 PM

That's the one thing I DO agree with in all these threads about the tyres, and that is the marbles. They are a real problem for many reasons, but mostly IMHO, in effect they reduce the track size and kill secondary racing lines. Nobody wants to risk sliding off the track by running over them.

kooper - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 10:20 PM

..."adds to the spectacle"...
That just sums it up nicely, doesn't it? Hey everybody, F1 is now no longer a motorsport, it's a spectacle. Why don't we fit timed explosives to all the cars and have them detonate whenever a car reaches speeds below 50mph? Oh wait, this is an FIA controlled series... Make that if a car exceeds 175mph. For safety reasons.
In all seriousness, of course Whitmarsh is going to defend Pirelli. It's the prudent and politically correct thing to do for a team leader. In F1, when you need to kiss some a$$, you get down and you kiss some a$$, especially if it might give your team a bit of an edge.
I'm pretty sure he does not feel the same way when his cars don't feature in the top 10.

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