F1 » Vettel laments tyre wear

Sebastian Vettel has revealed that his Red Bull team has been working to cure the RB9's tyre woes, but remains pessimistic about his chances in Malaysia.

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Shannon (guy) - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 4:54 PM

of course he is upset he can't push the car as much as he should be able to and win races easily as he has been doing over the last few years I cant see why any driver would want tires to fall off the cliff so quickly to be honest when drivers were stopping to pit within 6 or 7 laps I thought it was embarrassing for pirelli.

John - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 7:19 PM

Nothing to do with race pace during testing. The cold temperatures in Melbourne caused the tyre problems. Ferrari were as badly affected as Red Bull - Alonso got ahead of Vettel via pit stop strategy, not superior race pace. Will Grey had an excellent article on this called "Tyre trends to decide season". You should google it - it's the best analysis of the race I've come across.

prof-x - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 8:34 PM

thats funny, I dont recall Ferrari having too many problems at all with their tire wear, they were stuck behind Vettel who couldnt even manage to pass Sutil, which gave Raikonen and some clean air, time to advance. But like last year, the Ferrari powered cars will probably be the best with the tires, Lotus are usually strong at the beginning of the year and taper off, not expecting anything different. A shame Massa couldnt catch up after getting the bad end of the strategy and compelled by his race engineer to push after being pushed off the side of a cliff.

Ferrari would have won the WDC had Alonso not been taken out almost twice by Lotus drivers.

John - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 8:55 PM

"thats funny, I dont recall Ferrari having too many problems at all with their tire wear"

That's funny all right. if you take the trouble to look at the data I mentioned you will see that Ferrari had the same tyre wear problems.

Or you can sit there clicking the stupid disagree button.

"they were stuck behind Vettel who couldnt even manage to pass Sutil"

They were so fast they couldn't even manage to pass Vettel, who was so slow he couldn't even mange to pass Sutil? You ought to check out this thing called "logical consistency".

John - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 8:56 PM

"Ferrari would have won the WDC had Alonso not been taken out almost twice by Lotus drivers."

And you'd have won the lottery had you picked the correct numbers.


March 21, 2013 9:08 PM

interesting that vettel was not the first into the pits to change tyres. other teams are bemoaning the tyres as well, such as force india, who stupidly put sutil on super softs TWICE, losing him places.
pirelli are even congratulating themselve for adding interest to the race. but as john says, it was the cold track temp that worsened the problem.
i also believe that going for pole puts a far greater strain on the tyres, so vettel and webber were starting on tyres that were already past their best. ok, i know that others also had to start on their quali tyres, but as they werent as fast, the deterioration would be less


March 21, 2013 10:51 PM

This year the tyres has replaced the blowing by exhaust gasses of the diffuser as the determining factor to win races as the top teams has caught up with RBR and maybe even improved upon their system.
The tyres trick is to get them up to the right temperature as quickly as possible and then keeping them at the right temperature for the duration of their stint, the more refined this process is the longer the tyre stint.
The trick in managing this is in getting the right amount of heat from the brakes to the tyres.
Qualifying is not as important as it used to be as the car will not be in qualifying conditions at anytime during the race, a car will start a race in qualifying trim on the same tyres but 150kg heavier.

FreeJack - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 11:59 PM

I wonder if we'll start seeing a trend in qualifying of guys taking it relatively easy on their tires and saving them for the race, just to squeeze a few more laps out of them when it really counts.

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