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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Rt - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 6:07 AM

This is supposed to be Formula 1 racing, not the Pirelli Tyre Racing Series. Granted, it isn't Pirellis fault. They are making what was asked. When Pirelli themselves say they got the tyres wrong, what else is there to say? Having more pit stops is fine. Like they said 2-3 is what they are aiming for. When 98% of the passes come in the pits instead of on the track, that is not racing. Everyone would benefit from a more durable compound. Even Lotus and Ferrari. While teams are doing 2-3 pit stops, they might be able to pull off a 1 stopper. I hate to say this but they got the tyres right towards the end of last season. I never thought I would say that.

Jan Thiel - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 6:27 AM

I do not want to see tyre changing races any more, so I will stop looking at F1.
I watched my first F1 race in 1953, never before it has been so boring and ridiculous!


May 14, 2013 6:36 AM

They need to retire F1 for good. Create a new racing series controlled by the Racing Teams and based on a completely new architecture. Bring racing back how it's meant to be. Limit technology drastically and MAKE IT SIMPLE!!!! That way the DRIVER is key and not the tires or the tech.


May 14, 2013 8:27 AM

it appears that the vast majority of followers see the current state of tyres , as spoiling f1. this is reflected on every f1 site. I am surprised that there are one or two of the true fans of f1, supporting the current tyres.
yes, it is up to teams to try and cope, but the tyres are totally unpredictable and also dangerous. funny, but even the manufacturers accept that!
but to me, f1 is, or should be, about RACING, and not about trying to predict when a tyre s likely to fail.
and I cannot understand why some try to pin the blame purely on red bull, when the vast majority of the teams are complaining.
the normally quiet man, mateschitz, has broken silence, and made a public statement, and when he has had to do that, then it shows that (as Pirelli have admitted) the main objective of these lousy tyres, was to try and rein in the best innovators, red bull. methinks the witch hunt continues!

jim crint - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 8:47 AM

@richard - any idea that Pirelli would make changes purely to help red bull is conspiratorial nonsense. Under any given set of regulations, of course the teams that are doing well (in this instance Ferrari and Lotus) are going to be reluctant to see change but the majority (I'm sure) of fans are getting brasses off with what's being served up every other week. To me it seems like one sticking plaster solution after another. Move the sport away from Europe and the classic circuits, which all had various idiosyncrasies having been developed over time and which always provided great racing, onto soulless Tilke circuits, only a couple of which are any good, then try to solve the lack of overtaking with DRS, KERS, high deg tyres.....! It's a farce, it truly is! There's no other word for it!

There is crop of really talented drivers in F1 at the moment who are being hamstrung by all this nonsense and who should be going wheel to wheel and fighting it out every other week! And they're sittin

jim crint - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 8:49 AM

.....And they're either sitting ducks thanks to DRS or they're seeing out a tyre strategy and can't fight anyway!! I'm just getting sick of it, and I love this sport!!

Pepin - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 9:37 AM

What was the most boring racing was F1 3 years ago, In Barcelona there was 0 overtakes, and in most races there were not more than 3 or 4 onvertakes in all race.

that was boring as hell, you could see the start and in lap 2 you could go to have a beer as the order would no t change.

We have the most unpredictable F1 in history, with positions changing everylap and all up to strategies and driver skill to save tyres.

Lotus and Ferrari found the key to extract the maximun from the tyres and will dominate this year, deal with it.

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 9:38 AM

Calm down!

This is not the first time that some teams have been hamstrung by one FIA rule change or another. Heck, the FIA and Bernie consciously changed the qualifying rules and points rules to deliberately hamstring Ferrari and stop them winning races during the Schumacher era! I didn't hear such an outcry then. Usually, the argument is that it is the same for everybody - and it's a driver and team's responsibility to adapt their driving and car design properly to the rules! Now the goalposts of that argument are being conveniently shifted. Well.....tough luck!

You can be sure that Ferrari and Lotus will complain, once the tyres are changed again and Kimi and Alonso start coming 8th and 9th!

MartinJS - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 10:07 AM

Four pitstops per car is too many, and Pirelli have acknowledged that this is down to their tyres not being durable enough. However, I see this as a blip in a sequence of largely entertaining races with overtaking, intrigue, surprises and controversy. When you compare championships over the last few years you can see that the cream ultimately rises to the top, but at least it's been fun getting there. Three tyre stops per race is probably the ideal, which hopefully we will be closer to in future.

Ferrari won Barcelona by going flat out, not by preserving their tyres - their car and the Lotus are simply faster under the parameters all the teams knew they were working under than Red Bull, Mercedes or McLaren.

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