F1 » Pirelli: We've only had positive feedback

Pirelli's Paul Hembery insists that the company looks forward to continuing its F1 role for several years yet.

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Diddy - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 1:32 PM

Alot of 2012 f1 drivers didnt like theway the tyres went off, so how can they say they had no complaints. The tyres littered the track with rubber. It would be a better sport if the drivers could push the cars to the limits rather than having to stop the tyres wearing out within 8 laps. Did they pussy about like this when senna was racing? I think not.

Merlin - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 1:42 PM

Yes, bring back 'hard as nails' tyres, so that we can know who wins the race in the first few corners, switch off the TV, and then we can switch our TVs back on for the last 5 minutes of the race to see how right we were.

Merlin - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 1:48 PM

And know this. The only reason that Mercedes won a race last season was because of exactly what a lot of people don't think is good about Pirelli tyres. When Pirelli went 'conservative' on its tyres during the last few races of last, Mercedes were nowhere. If you want just one or two drivers or teams to win races during a season, then let's have hard tyres.

Diddy - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 5:53 PM

I agree with shannon, why dont they have more tyre competition between manufactures. F1 should be about the fastest on the track not which team can change the tyres fastest. 8 laps from a set of tyres is just rediculas. Im not saying make them as hard as nails just make them so the drivers can drive to 100% of there capability and we might see some good racing. I dont see why they need all the types of tyres they use, just hards and softs would do. And it would make the sport cheaper.

Mark _

January 14, 2013 8:40 PM

"It's a strange paradox, (but) you can't actually convey to the public when you're a winning tyre maker because it's not a tyre championship.”

That is wrong. When Michelin teams first started winning most people said it was because of the advantage from that tire. If they are afraid of competition what are they doing in motorsport?

Josh - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 2:27 AM

@Merlin - Agree mate. Some people here must have incredibly short memories because even if drivers can't push 110% these Pirelli races are far more exciting and unpredictable than the inevitable processions Bridgestone offered.

JPSplayer - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 3:49 PM

I think if we had Bridgestone tyres and DRS and KERS the races would have the right balance between excitement and predictability. Say what you will but last seasons results were too heavily influenced by tyre wear.

As people have said its all about balance but I'd look forward to seeing Bridgestone back with the current regulations as I think that balance would be better.

The 2010 season (Bridgestone's last) was actually pretty close heading into the final third of the season and there were some good races.


January 15, 2013 6:48 PM

jps. it has nothing to do with WHO manufactures the tyres. bridgestone were operating to different fia requirements. pirelli are operating to a spec that fia now insist on. any manufacturer would have the ability to make a tyre that would last an entire race, but fia wont allow them to. look at this year. there was one race where the medium tyre nearly lasted a full race, and what happened? they were instructed to use the softer tyre in the next race.

but the crux of the matter is that it is supposed to be a RACE between drivers. manipulating the tyres is just providing a false picture.

sodesu - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 11:23 PM

Either way this is clearly PR BS. I remember several drivers as well as team principals have been quite vocal about their dislike of the current tyres, for example Schumacher. How can they then say they've only had positive feedback? Yes, the fragile tyres did produce many different winners but as has been pointed out the amount of debris was definitely a problem, and as exciting as some of last years races were I cannot approve of the type of target laptime racing the current tyre spec has led to - where the winner pretty much is the one who has the best pre-decided lap chart.

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