F1 » F1 Bahrain 2013: Whitmarsh, Horner expect Pirelli to react

Amid ongoing complaints about the current breed of F1 tyre, leading team bosses back Pirelli to get on top of the situation.

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jim crint - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 2:26 PM

@andy, you're absolutely right. And wasn't 2010 a great season? Many changes at the top of the leaderboard throughout the season and a final race title decider!

And this was before DRS and 'off-the-cliff' tyres! Why is F1 shooting itself in the foot like this?


April 16, 2013 3:28 PM
Last Edited 1112 days ago

Richard, you give an elegant solution to the teams tyre choice, and no one could then accuse Pirelli of negatively impacting on the racing. However, you've then got the logistics and cost implications to consider. Pirelli would have to move perhaps 60% plus more ties to each .
For your idea to work teams would have to make their two tyre choice days before the race weekend. It would be something to see any of the top teams make a wrong tyre choice which totally screwed their pace. The person in charge of making the decision would face a roasting from everyone.


April 16, 2013 4:51 PM

elijah. but few, if any would go for the tyres that wore out in 5-6 laps. anyway, so many millions are spent transporting everything around, the cost of bringing extra tyres would be infintissimal.
obviously it would have to be worked out, and yes, teams could have to declare maybe a week in advance, but that should not be a problem. they already know two weeks ahead of any race (this week excluded)


April 16, 2013 6:16 PM

Teams/people that are complaining about the tyres have a vested interest to do so, some cars on the grid tyres usage is more extreme than others, Mercedes had tyres problems for the last three years, RBR seems not to be quite there this year (certainly wasn't in China) “the car feels good but it's just not quick (Webber)”, mclaren are starting from Zero regarding tyres behaviour with their new suspension design. Some drivers instead of just looking after the tyres can drive them to the maximum they can take but without over driving the car, but others when the car is not quite there they tend to overdrive the car and so the tyres, The FIA wants two or three pit stops during a race and Pirelli is only doing what it has been asked to do, The tyres even if at varying were always the limiting factor in a race and that for as long as I can remember, Pirelli/FIA will not revert to 2012 tyre compounds.

Nealio - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 9:48 PM

There is nothing stopping McLaren from going flat out, stopping and going flat out now! They would just have to stop more often which is really a characteristic defining their car not the tires. This whinging about the tires is not productive, get on with making the car work with the spec tires effectively!

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