F1 » Mateschitz: F1 'not racing any more'

Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateshitz says Pirelli has gone 'too far' with the 2013 tyres and that F1 is no longer about the racing

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CJ - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 5:01 PM

So when Vettel does a 4-stopper to win the Spanish GP in 2011 it's all fine and dandy, but a 4-stopper where he doesn't win and it's "not racing any more"?

Luke - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 5:43 PM

It's been this way since 2011 only now its finally made obvious to everyone.

Racing drivers shouldn't think twice about trying to pass or defend from another driver because of tyre wear it should just happen, that is called racing.

What your seeing now is basically a Time trial with Multiple cars on the track, battling for position doesnt happen they just pass and without challenge most of the time.

FreeJack - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 5:45 PM

I agree wholeheartedly, the tire situation sucks and it's really turning me off of Formula 1, this season. I don't want to tune in and watch tire management, with guys getting on their radios talking about having to pace themselves or go easy on the tires. When Hamilton told his pit crew that he couldn't really drive any slower (and still be racing), I just shook my head. This is what the pinnacle of motorsport has come to...tire management and pit stop strategy.

FreeJack - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 5:46 PM

And by the way...Red Bull has been complaining about the tire situation since day one, whether they've won or lost. They've never stopped complaining about it. So those of you saying there have been no complaints when Vettel did well are incorrect.


May 14, 2013 6:38 PM

pete. you seem to have an obsession with me! no, I am not an apologist for red bull or for any other team. I have consistently criticised the tyre situation, even when rbr were winning. and note that I do not go into the realm of personal insults of any team owner.

rob. didi does inded turn up at races, maybe not all, but most of them. that is his prerogative and has no bearing anything. but as an owner, he has every right to express his opinion. if ron dennis made the same comment, would you be equally dismissive?

SP3 - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 6:43 PM

It really is sad to see how many (Mr. Madshits included, apparently) have bought into the spec tire lie. Pirelli was told to make a tire and to make said tires make for a 'good show'. So, they did it. And now that somebody doesn't like being off the podium, it's a BIG PROBLEM - 'they've gone too far!'. Ditch the stupid spec tire rule and lets going racing again with whoever wants to supply black and rounds.


May 14, 2013 7:17 PM

sp3 (interesting choice of name....remember the dunlop sp3?)

the problem is that pirelli exceeded the brief. this has now been confirmed by bernie and even pirelli themselves yes, they were asked to make a tyre that would last at least 20 laps, to ensure that there were 2 pitstops, but the compound they used, saw the tyres going off after 2-3 laps. that is why cars were trying to preserve their tyres by driving slowly. pirelli have now altered their compounds, not due to any one team objecting, but due to the fact that the tyres were not performing as required. i believe that the fia have been involved due to the public outcry, and not before time!
the teams were not provided with the compounds being used, for testing, so NO team was able to design a car specifically for the current tyre.

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