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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Guy - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 6:17 AM

So Pirelli want us to believe that Spain is a special case.... Wait... Isn't this the track that all the teams tested theses tyres on pre-season?

FreeJack - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 6:40 AM

The tires are robbing all of the excitement from the "pinnacle of Motorsport." It is becoming painful to watch. Hamilton goes back to pit wall telling them he can't go any slower...that is a phrase that should never, ever have escaped the lips of a Formula 1 driver. It is really ruining my enjoyment of the races and clearly I'm not alone.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 6:56 AM

Maybe Merc got greedy and decided to focus on Qualifying more than a sensible race pace. That seems more likely than Merc being the hardest hit due to the new tires, if anything McLaren have suffered the most out of the mid to top teams with the new tires, heck, even Lewis Hamilton has almost twice as many points as McLaren as a team. Lolz.

Merc also had Nico sorted out more so than Lewis, considering they were dog and poney this weekend, its not surprising how things went for them, hopefully Lewis can manage a usable setup next round, Monaco should be interesting, a real test between Lewis and Nico if both can get adequate enough setup for qualifying.

WTkFox - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 7:08 AM

The fact that the results were unpredictable is good, but what was catastrophic was the fact that the gap between drivers averaged 10 seconds. Along with more than one car having a blow out on the tyres

richard

May 13, 2013 7:39 AM

what many seem to have missed is the fact that when vettel and kimi passed the marussia driven by bianchi, they could not drop the marussia. despite the superiority of the lotus and bull, the marusia on newer tyres was able to pace them. something wrong somewhere!

I see people blasting how bad and boring racing has become and they are blaming Pirelli tires for not lasting long enough and not allowing drivers to go flat out etc etc.
Personally I like the current situation with DRS, KERS and that Pirelli tires because it makes racing unpredictable and it is actually good for the spectacle.
If you want to see boring F1 please try to see some races from 1992 with Goodyear tires that last forever. I remember races without a SINGLE overtake or some cars completing the race without ANY pitstop.
Up until 2011 you had a good chance to accurately predict the podium after about 10 laps. Now you have to see the checkered flag. I love it and I hope it stays like that.

benignlyindifferent

May 13, 2013 11:10 AM

Pirelli does not suck, the rules do. We do not need these tires. The DRS has accomplished enough to allow cars to pass and if not, they could always extend the zone. When Kimi says he is just letting cars past, and when there are 3 second differences between new and used tires, the show is about tires, not about driving and constructing competitive chassis. Indy car's approach has been much better and F1 could learn a thing or two about proper balance between spectacle and real racing these days.

richard

May 13, 2013 11:34 AM

2012-2013. the 1992 races that you slate, were in fact that....RACES. where the fastest car/driver combo won. I take it that you are not actually interested in a RACE, so you are not actually a true fan, but just a tv lottery follower.

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