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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@Richard. If this championship is a lottery, we would see some victories also from Pic, van der Garde or even Max Chilton! But we don't. Why ?
A great driver can manage tires, fuel, brakes, engine etc etc. A victory is a victory even is by a thousand of a second. And in the current situation a small detail can give you victory. And that is good for the show and of course all the drivers/teams involved.
Mansel was a grand master but back in 1992 half the grid could win in that car but Mansel won ~9/16 races. Objectively this was the most boring and predictable championship in the last 25 years.. Good for the brits nevertheless !


May 13, 2013 7:25 PM

Prof-x, if as you put it “Mercedes got greedy” it was at the projected/design stage of the WO4 and this after like all other teams having sampled these tyres before the season was over last year and without complaining about the tyres back then like none of the other teams did, yes Mercedes were the hardest hit exactly like I said they were going to be, technically speaking it was simple for me to arrive at that opinion simply because they are the hardest on their tyres, be assured that you are technically wrong in attributing mclaren's sufferings to the tyres situation, also be assured that if there exists a setup that can better Lulu's performance Ross Brown wouldn't have missed it.
Richard, what most including you seems to have missed is all teams raced on the same tyres at the same time on the same track.


May 13, 2013 9:40 PM

sunny. no, i didnt miss that. and that is precisely why the results were skewed!

by the way, the test tyre from pirelli was nothing to do with the compounds, but all to do with a different construction. compounds are constantly changng. so cars were designed around the harder sidewall tyres, not arond any particular compound. compounds are to be changed yet again, but presumably for monaco, they are using softs and mediums. good article on pitpass, with photo of perezs after race front tyre. have a look and see if you think that is acceptable.

Richard Prior - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 11:38 AM

Pirelli no longer produce competitive tyres for the Private motorist. I had nothing but compliments for Pirelli during my 1st 30 yrs of motoring. However, the last set acquired to fit to my BMW 5 series was so noisy and uncomfortable that I was tempted to throw them out after 2000 miles. (1 trip one way across Europe)

Now, in F1 they have designed tyres that can degrade in a single lap. Quite absurd, and for the sake of the sport, I can only pray the Pirelli's contract is not renewed in 2014.

What is certain is that I will never fit another Pirelli to on of my cars.

What a change from 1989, when I had a blow out on the A1 at Charles de Gaulle at over 100mph. On that occasion, the car was so stable that I did not believe that I was running on a flat tyre & carried on around the Peripherique at undiminished speeds. After this incident I swore by the Pirelli brand. No longer though!

WLBjork - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 11:55 AM

I don't like the tyres this year, bit other than tweaks they should be left alone - done is done.

FIA need to look at the rules regarding tyres. My opinion is that teams need earlier access to the full tyre - at the end of a season for preference.

Mercedes have admitted that they failed to predict the performance of tyres from the 2/3rds mock up they were given, and I suspect that their performance is the worst for the capabilities of the car otherwise.

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