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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mark - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 7:44 PM

We have reached largely the technical limits of IC engines - the game is now efficiency. How does this play out in formula 1 - cars that can go as fast but from less. This why endurance racing is the most applicable form of technical racing. As for tyre war. I understand the authors concern but yes there needs to be technical competition but also there needs to be great racing which the Pirelli era has given us. Maybe a solution is that tyre manufacturers offer tyres in a race by race open market, where the FIA stipulates the tyres to be offered


April 17, 2013 9:13 PM

newbie. WHY? it does not matter what name is on the sidewall. the degradation is dictated by fia. so if goodyear etc came in. the problems would still be the same, and then you would be calling for the return of pirelli!!!!!!

jerry - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 9:50 PM

Now we are looking on "tyre managers" not drivers.
The comentator say: O! he is driving fast, hi doesnt look for the tyres! Its anoying. Why the fastest car/driver combination cant win? They are certified accountant not drivers! Now, the winning combination is driving at optimum speed to keep minimum degradation of tyres! WFT? OPTIMUM? why not maximum possible speed?! Its too fast? to dangerous? give them tricycle! it will bue safely!
Of course maybe its more spectacular than few years before, but now its not a sport anymore, its wromg way. Give them a guns, put some mine fields on the track! That will make this even more spectacular! But thats not a sport!
In the past F1 was a warfield, now the rules make the cars almost the same. Did You remember times when warious engine layouts were used? That was spectacular! Now there is a mantra: "cutting costs", but few years before, the costs were much lower, races more spectacular and no such strictly rules! That was FUN! someone used turb

Ptolemy - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 10:18 PM

F1 is not as satisfying to follow as it was 10 years ago. After every race I say to myself "WTF was that?" Its not the fastest man in the fastest machine. Its the one who combines a premeditated strategy and luck that wins.
I want to see THE FASTEST SPORTS CARS IN THE WORLD going FLAT OUT and CHANGING TIRES to any compound by ANY manufacturer at any time they see fit, and I also WANT TO SEE THEM REFUELLING THE CARS whenever they see fit.
NOT this phoney "TIRE RACING."
Then when I lay down to sleep at night I can say "So and so truly deserved that win because he was he fastest man in the fastest machine today."
But like I said, today I keep saying "WTF" while I fad into sleep.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 11:53 PM

The reasons that lead the powers that be to ban refuelling and tyre war are still there. I don't see that being changed in a near future.

Pirelli just need to work on their softer compounds to make them significantly faster in trade of their shorter life span but also make them a bit more usable i.e. warn before they crumble. Otherwise the strategical diversity is rather a plus, seeing Vettel late charge at the end wasn't bad for the show after all.

Refuelling like we knew until 2009 won't happen given the huge cost of transporting the high flow fuel rigs. Maybe they could use the rigs they use now in the pits or even go for gravity refuelling. It would make refuelling a very penalising option that would still foster sobriety.

Jb21 - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 12:15 AM

Maybe the tires should be out of equations. Maybe that the rule should be that the teams can only use track-only tires that are readily available from the manufactures, i.e., no more prototype tires.

SP3 - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 1:24 AM

"Tire war" is a stupid term. It's simple competition between suppliers of a component of the cars. No different than the clutch, engine, wheel bearings, brake calipers, etc. It is sad that even after all these years of spec tires, and their lack of cost saving and on-track consistency, we even have to have a poll of whether tire competition should return.

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