F1 » F1 Bahrain 2013: We've had lobbying for us not to change anything - Pirelli


Paul Hembery: I think there's now eight teams that have come to us, written to us, emailed us, saying 'whatever you do, don't change anything'. So we're in a bizarre situation really...

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dogfish180

April 19, 2013 1:25 PM

The only reason Pirelli supply tyres to F1 is to increase their brand marketing, and if (in the public view) their tyres look bad then this is negative marketing. Everyone loses! It also means that other manufactures would look long and hard before being involved in F1 in the future.......IMHO.

BMFBW - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 2:22 PM

Personally, I despise this racing-at-80% (if that!)

The 2010 Canadian Grand Prix is the reason behind these stupid tyres (excitement in the Bridgestone era caused by unusual tyre deg)... At least then there was actually some proper battling on the track!

DRS I don't mind so much... it makes no big difference to how hard the drivers are racing.

And that's my opinion, folks! :p

John - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 5:29 PM

The fact that people are spending much more time talking about the tyres than the cars or anything else is a pretty good indication that there is a problem.

John - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 5:32 PM

"Its up to the teams and drivers to manage tyres. Whining has no place in car setup."


So you'd have no objection if the tyres were made out of cheddar cheese, or cast iron - because it's up to the teams and drivers to "manage" whatever joke tyres are inflicted on them?

Texas Roadhouse

April 19, 2013 5:55 PM

They are what they are (KR's words). Unless Pirelli were to make bespoke tyres for each team - hardly a feasible option - then the spec/construction should remain as they are for the full season. Changing them would be an unfair action to benefit some teams and compromise others. All the teams had pre-season testing to identify the best way to run them. If a team has an issue, then work to resolve it, not cry "foul".

John - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 6:15 PM

"Changing them would be an unfair action to benefit some teams and compromise others."


Changing them from last year was an "unfair action to benefit some teams and compromise others". There is only one reason to keep changing the tyres every year - to benefit some teams and compromise others.

The "fairest" thing to do would be to leave the tyres alone - just as the engine specs have been "frozen" for the last several years.

Darth Vader - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 6:27 PM

So why use an old Lotus chassis to test the tyres. Is that fair on the other teams?

Surprise Surprise Lotus are doing well this year with balance etc.. I wonder why ( Can you hear my sarcasm from over there? )

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