F1 » Vettel: The tyres don't last very long!

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 4:42 PM

hrc. funny how all the other teams are saying it! but the simple fact is, yes, the suspension geometry and tub have not been altered much over the last few years.

did you never see mention of car specific tyres being made for a particular super car?

John - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 4:44 PM

When Hamilton takes pole, people say it's because he is "naturally fast" and "innately talented".

When Vettel takes pole people tie themselves in knots trying to come up with some technical reason to explain it. It must be the double diffuser! No, it's DRS!, Wait, its double DRS! Or the chassis/aero balance!


March 22, 2013 4:46 PM

On the tire subject. It's often been stated that the only contact any car has with the road is through the tires' contact patches. It's the engineers responsibility to make the car work optimally with the tires. The fact that everybody gets the same tires just levels the playing field in this area of performance. The real problem is that there is so little testing time with the tires. If there were a two year lead time of new tires and ample testing opportunities tires wouldn't be the differentiators they is now. But, this is the policy of the FIA who have traditionally relied on tires to spice up the racing.

kyunoske - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 6:21 PM

If the teams are complaining about the test car used to develop the tires, how about every team donate a current spec car to pirelli and then they can develop a tire that will be compatible with all different chassis designs. Problem solved!

Sri - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 6:25 PM

There will always be complaints and rumours when someone who had a distinct advantage and competitiveness over others for whatever reasons loses it to someone else. To think that Pirelli tires developed based on 2010 chassis of Renault has helped Lotus now is just a speculation. There is no evidence to suggest that it is indeed the case. WWe have heard such issues of "bias" every year: mass dampers in Renault, engine mapping in RedBull etc. This is another such case where teams that cannot compete well need to take some solace in pointing accusations outside rather than at their own incompetence. Granted that they had no idea to imbibe tyre issues into their designs, may be FIA must give the teams the tyres in year in advance to test first at a special test so that they will know what to expect and design accordingly.

John - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 6:44 PM

The entire point of the tyre changes each season is to try to disrupt the results from the previous season. The same is true for virtually all changes to the technical regulations. If these changes had the same impact on everybody's car then there would be no point in making them.

So it's peculiar to observe people adamantly insisting that no, the tyre changes cannot possibly be working to Lotus' advantage. If Kimi wins the first 6 or 7 races perhaps the light will dawn.

I'd be happy to see Kimi win the WDC. But I'd like him to have to work hard for it, as that is what makes a season exciting.

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