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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May 14, 2013 7:44 PM

The teams has been provided with the same tyre COMPOUND when testing and that includes the samples provided in Brazil last year, do not get tripped or messed up in technicalities, compound/construction is not changed by adjustments up or down in the temperatures the tyres will operate at.
Pirelli will again adjust the tyre operating temperature for Canada like they did for Spain, this to get the number of pit stops to two/three per race from four.
We will have to wait and see what will happen in Canada, the temperature on race day will most probably be a bigger factor than the changes Pirelli will do.


May 14, 2013 7:58 PM

The Red Bull boss says “f1 not racing anymore” it was certainly racing for FERRARI and Lotus in Spain, why was it not for his team? Why were they not capable to race flat out like FERRARI and Lotus did? If it was because of the tyres why wasn't it the same for FERRARI and Lotus?.


May 14, 2013 8:11 PM

sunny. come on! the designated compounds were first provided in january, together with an undisclosed compound. at that time, all cars had been completed. the construction tyre supplied last year was actually a two thirds scale, so that teams could computerise the qualities of stiffer sidewalls. as testing was prohibited, how on earth could the designers have actual access of compounds??
and already this year, the compounds have been changed once and are now being changed again.
the ONLY knowledge of compounds for the teams, were the compounds used last year, which were far better than this years compounds.



May 14, 2013 8:16 PM

contd. earlier races this year showed that the bulls and merc were relatively happy with both the medium and hard tyre, and then in spain, even the hard tyre could not last more than a couple of laps, and was delaminating. what caused the change in performance? the cars were not redesigned between china and spain, but the compound was different. why? who knows, but you cannot blame the teams. maybe pirelli decided to make a tyre more suitable for ferrari...........??????
its all part of the manipulations that seem to be part of f1 these days.


May 14, 2013 9:09 PM

Good theorises Richard!!!, but I stand with what I said about compounds and all that, I will prefer to refrain from explaining tyre construction/compounds/operating temperatures and all that for the time being.

pete - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 10:15 PM

CJ wrote: 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"?

The above statement says it all...

Sunzoomspark - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 10:47 PM

As more learned people than me have already pointed out, Vettel said he was driving to the limit of the tyres. Other drivers, in other cars, were going faster and making the tyres last longer.

Inevitably, when the nature of the competition changes slightly, there will be winners and losers in change. The losers will always be unhappy.

The nature of the fight in F1 racing has changed over recent seasons. Some teams have understood this change and have, generally speaking, adapted better to it (Lotus, in particular stand out).

F1 is in the entertainment business. I agree as much as anyone else that the races need to be exciting and that, save for some decent overtakes at the start of the race, Barcelona was dull. Barcelona has always been a dull race though. The last truly classic Catalunya race must have been '96 and it was only interesting because it rained!

In my opinion, F1 has been more interesting in recent seasons and there has been more wheel to wheel racing in some rac


May 14, 2013 11:59 PM

I''m not happy with the driving being this conservative during a race but i also don't want a tyre that you can just race 100% for the full race that is not realistic either.

Unfortunately at F1 level is so advanced with technology everywhere... they can't seem to make anything normal.

Marty - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 12:47 AM

Dietrich, should have stood up for Webber when Seb took his front wing, and when Webber was told to stay behind Seb (which he did).
Dietrich you are part of the problem as well, becasue you allow your team to favour a one driver over the other.

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