F1 » Your views: Time for a return to a tyre war?

Crash.net reader Joshua Bonser questions whether the Chinese Grand Prix was an indication that F1 needs a return to the days of the tyre war

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April 17, 2013 10:25 AM

a tyre war would be totally ridiculous. all cars have to race on the same tyres, which helps even out the playing field.
it is not the manufacturer who is at fault, but the fia , who are dictating the standard of tyre.
pirelli have no problem making a tyre with consistency and is hard wearing, but fia wont allow it.
the current fia mandated standards are doing pirelli no favours, and it could well pull out at end of contract.

190mph - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 10:25 AM

Couldn't agree more with the article. And allow teams to change tyre manufacturer after the half way point of a championship without penalty - that would ensure the tyre companies were kept on their toes producing the best tyres they could.


April 17, 2013 10:31 AM
Last Edited 1110 days ago

Did this article go thorough a sub?
The punctuation and grammar is a lil' bit shakey and it's not the easiest piece in the world to read.
Joshua, good effort but don't feel you need to raid the dictionary and fill your writing with 'big' words just to add credibility.
To paraphrase that Einstein guy, keep it simple but no simpler!

As for the tyre war, I think they're just one problem amongst many.
Control rubber is just that and I do believe it's good for a series- especially being a MotoGP fan and thinking back to Dunlop v Michelin v Bridgestone battle and how it affected racing.

What gets my goat is that due to fuel saving strategies drivers can't give it the beans for full race distance. Need to either bring back refueling or remove the fuel saving tech so that teams build their cars to run with what they've got.

Billy - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 10:39 AM

They don't need to bring back a tire war, what they need to do is let Pirelli make the best tires they can and bring back refuelling.

Without refuelling all we would have is every team 1 stopping.

JayDub - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 10:46 AM

The chances of a tyre war ever again are low. First of all you have to find two tyre manufacturers willing to compete, and with the financial security to do so. With the way things are in the European market in particular i cannot see this happening.
In addition, you could not have a full blown tyre war without in-season testing again, a cost most teams wouldn't be willing to undertake. Without this in-season testing, the tyre performance could be even more inconsistent when everyone turned up to each race with tyres they are unfamiliar with.

Its a nice idea, but fundamentally, control tyres are here to stay!!

prof-x - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 10:58 AM

Yup, bring back refueling, have tires that can perform, and get rid of the weight penalty for not having KERS (minimum weight restriction). The weight penalty sucks in LMP and it sucks in F1, if the technology has promise and it's good it would be the natural solution, if it's not, then it needs to stay off the track, and in the lab, saving #2 pilots having to worry about extra things to break.


April 17, 2013 11:07 AM

pcx. all cars now have kers, so there is no penalty. and as for minimum weight? that was brought in so as to eliminate superlight and expensive metals and also to ensure that cars were built strong enough to protect life. we cannot go back to the old days when cars were built so light that they were falling apart and causing death and injury. within certain parameters, a certain standard or equalisation makes sense.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 11:15 AM

for the tires, keep a control single make intermediate+wet and allow up to 4-5 types of tires from at least three tire manufactures, preallocate up to 3-4 months in advance, teams allocate with one make per race, teams can have access to under 4 different types of slick tires per race, extend quantity of tires to the point where every free practice could be spent completely testing 100%. Subsidize tire logistic efforts.

&& tire composition and construction are not trade secrets :) where the manufacture must release the specifications/composition/construction AFTER production of a particular line of tires. Any manufacture participating in the series would have access to this information.

Keith - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 11:15 AM

A type war is totally impracticable in the current economic climate and is not a good idea anyway. The days of finding 2 companies prepared to throw unlimited amounts of money into a tyre war are gone for commercial reasons.

Refuelling is not really the answer either, however, banning the technology to adjust the engine to run in fuel saving mode would help no end.

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