F1 » War of words over tyre wear heats up

After the pit stop frenzy in Barcelona, it seems everyone had a view on Pirelli's 2013 tyre compounds. And by no means everyone wants to see changes.

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May 13, 2013 6:19 PM

daryl. so you don't like red bull? so why did you not read the story. EVERY team and driver, the fans, etc etc are complaining about the tyres

daryl. no, its not th circuit, as there have been problems at other circuits too. barca has difficulties, but that is down to lack of space etc. nothing at all to do with the tyres.

Eskimo F1 fan - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 6:49 PM

Bring in another tire manufacturer like Michelin, Bridgestone or Goodyear. The competition will make for long-lasting, sticky compounds, which will allow the champs to race their hearts out. The requirement to run two compounds will ensure pit stop strategy still plays a role, while DRS and KERS will allow for passing.

Formula 1 needs EITHER rubbish tyres OR DRS but certainly not both. Overtaking is now so easy that it has become a bore.

And, how can any of this be good business for Pirelli? Every other weekend being associated with tyres so poor that the whole tread flies off if you push them too hard! LOL

They are currently the last brand that I would ever consider fitting to my wheels.


May 13, 2013 6:56 PM

nealio. possibly because red bull have built the fastest car and have the fastest driver. but they should not be punished for being better than the rest. isnt that all part of something called competition?

pete - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 7:20 PM

@ Martin (not whitmarsh)
Pirelli is giving F1 exactly what they asked for. In fact, they cannot stray from what F1 wants.

I'm sure your road car doesn't have the performance limits an F1 car has and a hand made tire. Relating the 2 is ridiculous at best. Don't shoot the messenger

dick - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 7:35 PM

Bring in another tire manufacture.
we have 4 engines ( Renault, Ferrari, Cosworth, and Mercedes). we have many fuel companies involve in F1 already ( Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total, Petronas, etc ...)

Competition is what make the sport great...

gazza - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 7:41 PM

Obviously Redbull dont have the fastest car and driver, because Alonso won on Sunday.
I dont get how ALL teams are moaning, as Lotus and Ferrari certainly are not.
Redbull are bleating as their chassis cant handle the tyres kindly enough, and Spain always is hard to pass on, historically fact.
The final corner sequence is rubbish and should be changed. It could be better with a tighter final corner and the orignal approach reinstated.
Monaco will be down to who pits first, and can jump the queue behind Hamilton and Rosberg.
Tyres are what they are, so unless the deem to be dangerous, get on with it.
Boring will be Seb winning again, so fresh winners are a good thing.
Alonso pulled off a blinder to pass two cars in one corner to get his win, and Redbull dialled their car in with too much downforce, and were 13 kmh slower than the fastest teams. Pirelli are doing ok. Patience is required.......


May 13, 2013 7:47 PM

Daryl, “only hear Red Bull whinge when they don't win” yes if they had won they wouldn't have opened their mouth and neither would their supporters.
Richard, you are out of order, it's not every team and driver, it's only those affected and mostly their supporters.


May 13, 2013 7:58 PM

gazza/sunny. i agree that lotus and feerrari are not complaining, but according to hembery, all the others are.

gazza. hembery has clearly said that the bull is the fastest car and that the tyres are designed to hinder them. ( they didnt win on sunday BECAUSE of the tyres) and he also accepts that the wear is far too great and that they will have to change their compounds. but he does also say that pirelli had been told to make sure that there were at least three stops, and that they miscalculated. and as for tyres being dangerous? of course they are! any tyre that throws a tread is dangerous. ever been behind a lorry throwing its tread? a driver of an f1 car could be struck by a flying tread, resulting in serious injury. again, hembery has admited that there is a fault in bonding that they are trying to correct.

i suggest that you read the full pirelli statement and the story on this thread.

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