F1 » ‘Time of the essence’ in Pirelli contract talks

Pirelli is keen to learn whether it will be offered an extension to its current F1 contract.

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Richard Prior - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 7:47 AM

F1 is about going flat out for the entire life of the tyre. The tyre life should be between 33% to 40% total race distance (dependant upon circuit).

Gary Anderson (BBC Sport), is totally wrong in my opinion with his conclusions to maintain the status quo of Pirelli's rubber (balls).

If F1's tyres allowed "flat out" driving throughout the variable "tyre life", there would still be an advantage for teams whose cars maximised their tyre life potential, and rewarded smooth driving techniques.

Today's tyres are ridiculous and denigrate what F! stands for - "The most advance high performance motor racing in the world"

Sack Pirelli as quickly as possible.

Select 2 tyre suppliers whose role is to compete against each other to a specification of tyre life between 20-25 laps - (at least 2 tyre changes per race)

Flat out racing please.

JakeB - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 8:31 AM

+1 for some decent tyres. It can't be doing Pirelli's sales much good if the public think their tyres only last 10 minutes!

And an allocation of tyres for qualifying as well please. Race strategy should not be played out in qualifying. The fastest gets pole and shouldn't be disadvantaged for trying.

Ridiculous that Vettel didn't bother to qualify properly to get an advantage in the race.

Oh, and all cars should have a titanium "spark generator" plate 2mm off the ground ...


April 20, 2013 8:52 AM

I personally think that Pirelli would be better off leaving F1. With the FIA making ridiculous requirements for the tyres which can only tarnish the Pirelli brand they are in a no-win situation.

I doubt that they like making tyres that fall off the cliff after 3 laps but the FIA is demanding it to make racing "more exciting". Having more manufacturers involved wouldn't solve anything because they would all have to make tyres to these ridiculous specifications.

payne - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 8:53 AM

How can pirelli be blamed for sticking to their brief... we need you to do a, b, and c so that we can get x, y, z... why blame pirelli? secondly why pretend that processional races were fun to watch? they're great if your preferred driver is in the lead,an hour and a half of expensive cars doing a parade every two weeks quickly gets old! And everyone griping about pirelli know it!

miffy - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 11:00 AM

Pirelli has made F1 great, everyone I know who watches thinks it's much more fun than it ever used to be, every race is exciting with lots of overtaking and unexpected stuff happening.

That said however here in the UK viewing figures probably don't reflect that as it moved to Sky and you now have to pay to watch F1


April 20, 2013 4:24 PM
Last Edited 954 days ago

Why the hatred for Pirelli? All they have done is build the tires that F1 requested. If F1 wants a tire that lasts the entire race, Pirelli can build it, as just about any tire company can these days. No, F1 needs to make up its mind about the kind of tires it wants, and next it needs to understand that it will be difficult to attract any tire manufacturer under the current tire specifications. What tire company wants to put up with the negative publicity that comes from constructing tires to a specification that does not last?

Amigo - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 4:21 AM

I must suggest to Pirelli if they are looking for marketing Pirelli Tyre and then they should quit Formula One.
The Tyres they made for Formula One is embarrassing for the Pirelli Company. Prospective customers of Pirelli Tyres will be scaring away by Pirelli Company Formula One Tyre Technology.
Another reason for Pirelli should quit Formula One is safety of Drivers' lives.
I have never saw the amount rubber marbles which Pirelli Tyres produce on the track in my entire life on Formula One races.
Remember a few years back in US, Michelin Tyres user teams were forcing to sit out for safety reason.
Current Pirelli won't be met with safety standard if compare with Michelin Tyres ar US GP.
There's no way tyres should be used which only last less than 10 laps.
BRing back Bridgestone or Michelin tryes to Formula One.
Formula One race is competing technology but not tyres race.

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