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Sebastian Vettel: We need to try a couple of things now overnight to improve and take a step forwards...

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March 22, 2013 2:19 PM

most of the teams are now claiming that lotus have been handed an advantage with the tyres. this is because all the initial testing was done with a lotus chassis, which has a suspension set up that uses tyre in a certain manner. now, when these tyres are put on a different car, they are not behaving the same as when used on the lotus. apparently in practice, most cars were suffering with tyres chunking, but lotus wasnt.


March 22, 2013 3:01 PM

pcx. granted, but if the tyres were developed to a lotus standard, then other cars that have different suspension geometry, will suffer and have to modify settings to cope. lotus can just bolt on the wheels , knowing that THEY will have no problem

prof-x - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 3:29 PM

of course I was being sarcastic, WSBK and MotoGP have the very same problem :) One tire does not make it fair, fairness and equality are ideas that, competition vs monopoly are real, forcing everyone on one tire will always favor one design or very similar design over others (IMO) and the tire will 'control' who wins and who loses, not the abilities of a team, their machinery, or the potential of the pilot.

People talk about the 'tire wars' being bad for F1, but all people do is talk about tires. Whats this really all about??? If anything they should get rid of those ridiculous hats they wear at the end of the races because there is no point, its a lie, the tires suck, and thats because rule makers (and their bottom line) are more important than the 'sport' (or competition)

The more tire makes there are actively competing, the better it is for the sport. What we see today is not really sport so much as it is almost all entertainment for people who want to see manufactured.

in the


March 22, 2013 4:05 PM

Richard do you really think Pirelli developing it's tyres using a 2010 Renault R30 chassis would give Lotus any meaningful advantage given the rule changes since that chassis was current gen?
I'm not so sure myself.

John - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 4:29 PM

"do you really think Pirelli developing it's tyres using a 2010 Renault R30 chassis would give Lotus any meaningful advantage"

That's an odd question, since it has obviously done so. The only question is whether other teams can close the gap soon enough to make this a competitive season or whether Lotus will lock up the title with a few GP's to spare.


March 22, 2013 4:34 PM

I'm surprised at Red Bull's pace in practice. I thought their qualifying pace last year was heavily influenced by their ability to optimise DNS and use it everywhere in qualifying. But they still seem quick this year so the chassis/aero balance must be really strong over one lap.

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