F1 » Under-fire Pirelli concedes changes needed for the future


After a race that saw a bewildering 82 pit stops that confused even the teams and drivers in Spain, Pirelli has agreed that changes are needed to the current tyres.

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bob - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 10:54 PM

What I think is the biggest joke is the whole F1 going 'green' bit - the so called reason behind the new turbo engines next year.

Never mind all of the trucks and planes and cars that transport this lot all over the globe all year. No that doesn't matter, as long as 22 F1 cars are being 'economical' for a few hours per weekend.

On top of all that, by my very rough calculations, they went through nearly 450 tires during the race alone! 450!!!!!! That's not including practice or qualifying. Please someone tell me how that is environmentally friendly????

prof-x - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 11:46 PM

Going green in F1 makes about as much sense as saying the earth is the center of the universe,,, but the prevailing politics 'of the day' see/saw both as unpopular positions in the eyes of the establishment.

Efficiency is performance. Rules and control only slow down the competition. You want closer racing, just add weight penalties, you want less gas consumed, just mandate limited fuel quantities per driver per race, its that simple. It really is quite simple, the confusion (excessive rule setting) is what is used to promote agendas, not to promote public welfare.

A driver can get through a race quicker refueling mid race than they can lumbering around with a big ol tank full of gas, which uses more gas anyways/per lap time. The people in charge don't want efficiency, they want you to believe.

Bob - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 1:49 AM

Funny how the compound and construction of the tyres favored the more under powered cars like the Ferrari. The cars that are able to put more power down were hamstrung. Pirelli claimed before the race that the harder compound tyre was going to be more durable. That clearly was not the case. If it were Red Bull and Mercedes would not have struggled as much. Me thinks Pirelli and Ferrari may have collaborated just a little.

Kamui - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 2:51 AM

The problem for me is the cars were so slow going into the corners, it's so 'unlike F1' and so boring ... At times I thought the cars had a problem, even the TV pundits were caught out

107SS2009

May 13, 2013 4:09 AM

I am not in any way saying the tyres used are good or bad, what I am saying is all cars raced on the same track at the same time, the results shows some finishing the race in a better position than others by having a car design plus driver that makes better use of the tyres.
To the attention of Jim Crint, the two cars which locked out the front row are in such a ridiculous situation (DESIGN WISE) re their appetite to destroy their tyres it is calculated to be a good showing from them having finished the race in 12th and 6the position.
I did say over here that, the Mercedes is going to be the hardest hit by the new tyre tweak.
I did say that the Mercedes (both cars) are out of contention for a race win regardless their 1st and 2nd grid positions.

107SS2009

May 13, 2013 4:49 AM

All of a sudden nobody is talking about the dog of a car that is mclaren and their two second rate drivers re the fact that they managed to both finnish ahead of one of the Mercedes cars with a driver in the seat that is said by some to be the second coming on earth.
I did say that chances are the Mercedes tyre problem can get worse with Lulu in the driving seat (his driving style), facts are both Mercedes cars started the race in 1st and 2ND and finished 6th and 12th when both used the same tyres.

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