F1 » F1 China 2013: Option tyre is a 'qualifier,' says Pirelli

"If we'd brought the hard tyre, we would probably be looking at one stop," says Pirelli's Paul Hembery. "We're confident that we're in for another action-packed race tomorrow."

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atxsxsw - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 6:00 PM

If what people want is a "good show" and if they equate randomness and uncertaintly with a "good show", then this type of artificial manipulation of results through premature tire degradation certainly makes for a "good show." If what people want to see is rational engineering excellence and highly skilled, all-out balls to the wall driving rewarded, then this is not the F1 that you love and remember. For me, this F1 is rubbish, recorded on my DVR and if the outcome seems like it has an element of driving skill then maybe I'll watch it before I delete it. And you won't find any Pirellis on my autos.

D-Fuct - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 6:48 PM

I think when drivers start sitting out Q3 altogether, or opting for a heat cycle run on the medium like Button then that points to the wrong tyre supply strategy. A cusp of 1-2 stops makes for some excitement but this current situation is ridiculous and the FIA needs to realign what they want Pirelli to do. I'm perfectly happy with the Pireli P7s on my car but I know that F1 tyres bear little relation to road car tyres, other than being round and black.

KevinW - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 7:06 PM

Completely agree that F1 is dead, we now the "Pirelli Tire Challenge". I too record the event (is no longer a race), then fast forward to review highlights, then delete it to make room for other entertainment. Used to watch every race 3 times, and attend at least one race... now I reserve that time to follow Moto GP, including arranging to attend two races this season in place of one F1 "show." There is some real racing going on in MotoGP as well as several other super-bike series, unlike the tire company sham F1 has become. Pirelli can defend their actions all they want. In a sport where every other component manufacturers lives and dies on delivering the highest possible performance, they are alone in intentionally delivering garbage. If this continues for 2014, I'm dropping F1 outright as a loss to the gods of marketing to the lowest fan denominator.

Ron - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 11:27 PM

And not long before that you didn't even need to look at the race to know who had won. It's not perfect, but it's not a domination by one driver per season either

Richard Prior - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 10:44 AM

Let us get back to multiple tyre suppliers. The competition between tyre manufacturers will correct the current stupidity of designing tyres that do not allow flat out driving.

Ban Paul Hembery from any further association with F1, as he has a mind set at odds with with the core values of the sport.

Goodyear & Bridgestone, put in your bids..............

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