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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luke - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 2:55 AM

I dont mind tyres that dont last long but there level of wear should be consistent, say a tyre lasts 20 laps atleast for 15 of those laps the driver should be at the limit of the tyre, with performance only really dropping off in the last few laps.

Refuelling is not needed if its like this, but most of all get rid of the forced both compound rule, it limits strategy far too much.

I Win - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 8:23 AM

I don't mind tyres that wear fast and a single manufacturer, but drivers should be able to be race at full speed without having to try save them.

mike - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 9:45 AM

A minimum fuel load would stop teams from running lean in order to gain grid slots in quali. Theywould still have to get power & mileage, so they would still have to produce efficient engines - pushing tech. Stopping teams from being able to adjust fuel consumption is a return to the dark ages.
The tyres are built to suit the general pace of an F1 car over race distance. Hence, if they travel faster for longer, compounds will change accordingly to facilitate the 2-3 stop norm.
No tyre war needed. No change in tyres needed. Just a minimum fuel load.

Piecarlogassolini - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 10:10 AM

I have no idea how to implement a two-or-more tyre brand system but I DO remember it being an appealling part of f1 back in the day. And with the Monaco GP marking 16 years since the last car to earn championship points without a pitstop, I think a return to that option at least being viable would be great

jim crint - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 10:31 AM

It just seems silly to me to add more variability to F1 with a tyre war. We'd go back to a time when the best car/driver combination could simply end up on the wrong tyres and lose out.

Why don't they just do away with the option tyre, which seems to be causing most of the grief? Just have three tyres. Dry, intermediate and wet! It's no point trying to spice up the F1 'show', supposedly the finest category of motor-sport in the world, if these cars are trolling round the track at 80-90% and not 'fighting' in order to conserve their tyres and see out a strategy.

Andrew - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 1:02 PM

As others have said, a "tyre war" just wouldn't work, not with the current rules determining wear rates and a range of tyres that can be used.

All in all the current set-up has worked well, with F1 having actually been much more enjoyable to watch over the last three or four seasons.

All that we need now is a change to the wear of the tyres, so that rather than dropping off a cliff, there is a window of peak performance followed by a gradual degrading of the tyre, resulting in a loss of performance over several laps. Different cars would still wear the tyres differently, but it would mean that teams could then work their strategies accordingly.

We don't need refuelling back. We do need penalties for not taking part in Q3. No lap times = 5 place grid drop.

mikeas - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 2:41 PM

In the 50's F1 was real 'anything goes' racing .. spectacular, exciting and dangerous.

By the 60's it started to become more technical, but success was very much still in the hands of the driver. Drivers were heroes.

In the 70's the emphasis on (reliable) innovative, new technologies became as important as driver skill.

In the 80's new materials started to make the cars more reliable, and aerodynamics became key. Also we began to see the influence of the FIA through regulation changes. Drivers started to become celebrities.

By the nineties, the Team began to get equal billing to the driver, and the FIA voice got stranger. Setup became dictated by computer.

After 2000 the FIA decided determine whose innovations they liked, the Team became a corporation and the driver merely an employee.

In the last two races we had pit instructions (not drivers) dominate the so-called racing ... (I think Kimi's outburst to his pit last year expresses many drivers frustrations)

The tyre debate

mikeas - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 2:42 PM


The tyre debate is just a function of this change in the role of the driver in F1.

My argument - reduce the size of the Teams on race weekend from 60 to 15 or 20!

..before someone figures out that there is nothing in the regs to say you have to have a driver ... ?

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