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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Poor Memories - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 10:44 PM

F1 has seldom been about driving flat out from lights to flag. That's part of the challenge. Many of you will be too young to remember drivers managing fuel & running out just before the line ... only to try push their cars over to still win.

Even under current regulations, teams NEVER fuel the car for a flat out race to the flag ... to save on weight & engine life. At the first race of the year the very same Red Bull team told their drivers to turn their engines into a saving mode, as did Mercedes ... so this whining about not being able to race flat out is just hypocritical.

Pirelli is answerable to the FIA not the teams, & they have been upfront & open with the teams about the design philosophy since day one & given them this years tyres to test last year. Some teams have used that data better than others & if egos used to winning cant accept that, that is not Pirelli's fault.

Eugenio Herrmann - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 12:39 AM

Last year Michael Schumacher said: "This tyres seems like raw eggs" after this statement everybody was shocked. -Oh my God! how this man can say this, this is not diplomatic-
Now everybody knows that Schumi was completely rigth bacuase the current situation is worst than last year.
This year´s Pirellis looks like soft-boiled eggs.
Pirelli was asked to make tyres with high levels of degradation, not with high levels of desintegration and not with high levels of self-destruction.
It seems that these tyres want to erase the tracks and Pirelli is hurting and dragging its brand on every GP. For sure Bernie is not going to pay for this.
Maybe that was the cause for which Bridgestone pulled out of F1.

US_F1_Fan - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 1:40 AM

Those who are screaming are being silly- fans and teams alike.
Pirelli has largely given F1 the tires they wanted and while there are some issues this year, no doubt about it, the tires are damn close to what the top honchos want.
The tires are not "destroying F1" any more than Tilke tracks have.
In fact Spain was one of the very few times in recent years that we have seen any team push so hard for an entire race.
Good call Ferrari. (And I don't LIKE Ferrari.)

I say leave the tires as they are, give teams (reasonably) unlimited numbers of the two compounds and then let 'em drive like hell.

GJay - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 3:53 AM

"Even under current regulations, teams NEVER fuel the car for a flat out race to the flag ... to save on weight & engine life. At the first race of the year the very same Red Bull team told their drivers to turn their engines into a saving mode, as did Mercedes ... so this whining about not being able to race flat out is just hypocritical. "

Wrong. The teams were told to turn down engines and hold place because of the tires.....

Giveway - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:25 AM

@ GJay - "Wrong. The teams were told to turn down engines and hold place because of the tires..... "

Nah dude, that's not right.

The 'DRIVERS' are told by the teams to turn down engines to save fuel and engine wear, saving tyres is a bi-product of that, which the 'TEAMS' also want. Pirelli can recommend to teams, but that is as far as that goes.

Giveway - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:32 AM

Formula One is not about 'fanging' the cars lap in lap out, it has never been. The stigma of "F1" by the fans is getting so off-line it isn't funny.

Formula One is about the technology, the strategy, the competition and rivalry inter-team/manufacturer, again the speed is a bi-product. It just so happens that it is FIA/FOTA choice as to the subsequent rules that they must play by.

if only - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:37 AM

All I see is sabotage here. Paul's statements are disreputing the sport by all means. After all they are Italian Manufacturers. 2012 Magneti Marelli Alternators failed redbull in several races. This year pirelli is trying to give advantage to other teams until they gain a lead before the second Asian stage. Obviously, Redbull is strong in asia, but not much in europe. Paul should listen to other teams and drivers as well and address them too. Pointing at redbull is way off diplomacy, and sounds conspiracy. How many times a front row car can lap the winner not by his own errors, but of tyre problems. I don't want to be in hamilton's or nico's boots right now. Worlds top 22 drivers drive these 22 cars, and who wants to be in reverse mode? Not me, and I don't even drive a road car. And FIA should investigate his statements because it is disreputing them as well.

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