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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@Pete - If you look at what Ferrari did, it had not been done before. Yes, yes, use your tires up... all of them... get in fast laps.. attack, attack. that is what both Alonso and Massa did going from 5th to 1st and 9th to 3rd respectively. Everyone else on the grid should be doing the same next time out,

If Mercedes did that, they would have to make 15 pitstops and they obviously haven't enough tyres. LOL

Look, it is great for them that Lotus' (Pirelli's test car) and Ferrari's (Italian team using Italian tyres) design philosophy suits the current excuse for tyres in F1 but it makes for lousy racing, which is my interest as a spectator.

Yesterday's race was one of the worst I have ever seen. At times it looked like F1, GP2 and GP3 cars all sharing the same track and you were hard pressed to find one genuinely impressive overtake after the first couple of laps. A series of overtakes by guys with tyres switched on past guys with no grip whatsoever provides zero excitement.

Of cours


May 13, 2013 9:21 PM
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actually i dont like this kind of racing ... holding back drivers ... but a lot of teams didn't get it right....

but wurz said the right thing. .. lotus snached toyotas (LPM1) supension geometrie specialst last year (wurz - a very technical advanced driver as he was - stated that this guy - forgot his name - is one off the best he ever worked with)

now lotus found out, that aireo is not everything 2013 in F1, but with this tires, its a BIG lot about supension geometrie and setup.

So they landed up to the top with almost no budget, but lets see how long it lasts.



May 13, 2013 9:26 PM

even understanding that with this rules and tires, lotus got it right and a lot of teams produced not the right cars ...

i hate this kind of races (although i know, changing back would mean RBR winning again instead of weening..)

please change something!


PDM - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 9:30 PM

RBR is crying like a baby when they see the dominance they had is coming to and end. so happy no to see the finger boy on the podium every so often

Nigel Tasker

May 13, 2013 9:48 PM

I think this year is great, the fighting on the track is even better, and it will be a shame if they change them because bloody red bull can not make them work.

Drivers like Kimi and Alonso seem to be able to make the best of them in the races so the others should shut up and get on with it.

I say leave them alone.


May 13, 2013 9:51 PM

I would say that tyres played too big a part in Spain, we just don't need 4 pit stops in a race BUT all teams/drivers get the same tyres, some make them work and some don't no point whining if you cant make them work.
But anyone who thinks racing was better back in Bridgestone days probably wasn't even watching back then. There have been a number of fantastic races in the last few years thanks to the tyres, to be honest its some of the best F1 racing since the ground effects era.


May 13, 2013 9:52 PM

Richard, it is just not right and very unfair to press on with the need for Pirelli to change the tyre compound (goal posts) because some teams car design cannot handle the tyres as good as others and skip the fair and just question of (WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT GOT THEIR CAR DESIGN RIGHT?) WHAT ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO DO? START ALL OVER AGAIN SO THAT OTHERS WILL BE PLEASED?

Angelina - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 9:58 PM

I don't see changing tires mid-season as any different to changing regulations mid-season disadvantaging the leading team. The irony here is Redbull, the championship leader is calling for changes in tires unlike regulation changes.

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 9:59 PM

Where are Kimi's supporters??? They should be shouting from the rooftops that Pirelli should leave the tyres just as they are!

Last year when Kimi went from 2nd to 14th in two laps in Bahrain (I think), that must have made for painful watching for them. So now that Lotus have got their design right for race pace, the others like Merc are moaning


rabcati - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 10:17 PM

I might stop watching F1 after sundays race. There was a moment where a red bull had just pitted and they came on the radio to say be gentle on one of the left tyres, its overheating. Literally 2 laps after stopping. Come. On.

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