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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Kimi Raikkonen - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 2:59 PM

I think you can push on these tyres, but it's never perfect. You cannot always push 100%. I think they are very good in qualifying and have good grip, so it's up to you and you have to look after them a bit more in the race. It's not really any different from last year, at least for us anyway, so I don't really understand why people are complaining.

Dave Maxfield - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 3:08 PM

This is a classy piece of writing, well said Joshua! I fully support your comments and hope that F1 will in fact return to the original format of being a race rather than a dance and drivers win based on speed rather than "style points."

John - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 3:23 PM

"all cars have to race on the same tyres, which helps even out the playing field."

If you want a level playing field than follow GP2. F1 was never supposed to be a level playing field.

John - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 3:29 PM

We could have all cars race on the same tyres - as long as those tyres are good and as long as they stay the same.

Why shouldn't everyone still race on the 2011 tyres? What is the point of changing them each year?

The "point" is to try to shake up the finishing order from the previous year. But I don't think doing that is a legitimate role for the FIA - which is the body ordering the tyre changes.

John - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 3:36 PM

"Red Bull are not dominating the races from start to end, so something must be wrong with the tyres?"

I see that some peoples world revolves entirely around Vettel. If you insist on seeing the world though a "good tyres are tyres which are bad for Vettel" prism, consider this - Vettel is off to one of the best starts of his career. He's currently way ahead of where he was in 2010 and 2012 after three races.

oldtimer - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 5:01 PM

It is time that the current tyre farce was brought to an end, also kers and DRS. I was under the impression that there was a concensus that costs needed to be addressed indeed the new teams came in on that basis. All that has happened since then has added to the costs not to the quality of racing because there is'nt any proper racing, it's more like old fashioned endurance racing with drivers on different strategies just so they can finish the race. In addition next season we have new engines "WHY" what's wrong with the old ones? nothing I would say it's all about people playing politics. Turbo engines may be greener but they are not going to save the planet nor are Windfarms they just put a vast amount of money in certain people's pockets, what that has to do with F1 is beyond me. It is supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsport that seems to have been forgotten by the FIA.

Amigo - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 7:15 PM

I'm sure all teams will leave Pirelli tyres if the FIA introduce multi tyre suppliers to F1.
Pirelli tyre does not qualify for to use in Formula One.
Marbles were all over the track when you look at Chinese GP or anywhere in F1 track.
FIA must renegotiate with Bridgestone to return Formula One or at least F1 car need Michelin Tyre.
Pirelli has no place in Formula One.

jim crint - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 7:44 PM

@oldtimer, agree with all of that!

It's like some insane circular argument. Get Tilke to design circuits which place more emphasise on facilities for Bernie to hob-nob with his high flying friends than the actual circuits, on which overtaking is way more difficult, then come up with a bunch of technological fixes to make overtaking easier, declare it all a success, and then ask Tilke to design even more of the same anaemic crappy tracks, and then ask a respected tyre manufacturer to go against its own ethos to produce ****ty tyres to help the 'show' and then get Tilke.....etc


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