F1 » Pirelli sets greater overtaking goal for 2013

Pirelli has said that its latest range of F1 tyres has been designed to encourage more strategic thinking and greater levels of overtaking than become possible in 2011-12.

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JayC - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 2:22 PM

I always wonder what high degradation rates and piles of marbles do for a tyre company's image.
And then there's the wider arguement about just how tangible gain companies actually get from being involved in F1.....other than that notoriously hard-to-pin down thing called "brand awareness".

kosh naranek

January 23, 2013 3:42 PM

Too many times in 2012 we did NOT get to see real racing because of the tires. Drivers were conserving tires instead of racing and other drivers who did try to race their hearts out were practically penalized by having to pit because the tires wore out. So apparently someone likes that kind of racing and so Pirelli are going to change their tires so that we see even more race outcomes dictated by the tires instead of the best car or driver?

pg - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 4:12 PM

Why don't we get rid of the need for drivers to have to use both primes and options during a race, and go back to how it used to be where drivers dictated what tyres they would use to suit the car and driving styles. A fast driver may choose softer rubber and have to pit more where the conservative driver could use hard tyres and get round on less stops.

Given we have got rid of refuelling then what is the point of being made to use both compounds?


January 23, 2013 4:31 PM

this is all orchestrated by the fia. but how on earth could tyres help create "greater overtaking"?

oh, i get it now, they will wear out faster, creating more pit stops for changes. and i always thought that f1 races were about that ..RACING. but it seems that fia want the racing to be ancilliary to pit stop competitions.

Rob01 - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 5:36 PM

It's only about the SHOW. Ala NASCAR. Bernie enjoys their business model. F 1 is a joke of it's former self. F1 was NEVER to be a spec series.


January 23, 2013 6:43 PM
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Usually, softer compounds create large amounts of 'marbles' which effectively lead to one line racetracks. Just how will that enable more passing? If Pirelli can create more compound degradation without the rubber marbles that will be a neat trick and will show their technical abilities. All the talk about creating variable strategies for the teams is hogwash. The teams all adopt the same strategies unless they screw up in qualifying or are no-hopers at the back hoping for miracles!

speedking - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 8:03 PM

Canada 2010 was a great race but its legacy has/is taking away the spectacle of driver ability and is leaning much to much towards tyres and strategy.

I just want to see a good old tear up between the very best drivers.

Calvin _

January 23, 2013 10:24 PM

Sick and tired of the tyres constantly changing. Teams never have the chance to really catch up, especially if they go the wrong way in development. Mid season compound changes should be outlawed and a tyre formula must be made to last a full season.

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