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Pirelli confirms changes to be made to its F1 tyres for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

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pete - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 3:19 PM

Richard, do I have to explain everything? of course EVERYONE is going to have shot tires at the end of the race, but look at McLaren's pace at the beginning of the year and now. They are figuring it out.

And for all those that say, road tires for Pirelli are no longer considerations for their cars because of the F1 tires, I say, "Grow up". You can't be serious. Did people stop buying Michelins after they couldn't produce a tire to go around a track in 2006? Honestly, I question the intelligence of some

JJJ - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 3:24 PM

From an entertainment standpoint I much rather see the races as they are now than seeing Adrian Newey dominate all the races again as we have done in the last 3-4 years.

I also dislike the fact that 'the rules are changed' (not literally but you know what I mean) not even halfway through the season. Lotus just did a better job than many of the others and now RBR is complaining all the time...? They should just ask Newey to create a dominant car on the current tyres and quit whining.

And what the real measure for driving talent is (just going flat out all race or maximizing what you've go to work with) is arbitrary...You can make a case for either one.

All in all not thrilled by this news.

JJJ - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 3:30 PM

Completely agree with Pete.

The RBR whining is akin to SEAT's whinging in WTCC a few years back when they failed to beat the bimmers, despite already being 30 KG lighter to compensate for being FWD instead of RWD. Then on top of that 30KG one of the races from the weekend was changed to a rolling start as the bimmers were much quicker off the line from a standing start and when that still wasn't enough for SEAT to win the championship, VAG whinged as long as it took to the stewarts to give them extra boost for the diesels so finally they could win...Haven't really watched a whole lot of WTCC since then...

Mark _

May 14, 2013 3:49 PM

While it is probably the correct decision the timing of it is terrible. There is no reason that the shortfall in these tires could not have been known during the pre-season testing. If this shakes up the order of things it is not fair to the teams who have had success this season.

As to the people who say that they will not buy Pirelli road tires because of the current situation it is probably to get Pirelli's attention. But perception is reality. Their road tires already have a reputation of wearing out faster than most so this certainly just adds to that.

Texas Roadhouse

May 14, 2013 3:50 PM
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It's a shame that Pirelli appear to be bowing to pressure from "certain" team(s) - and at the same time ignoring other teams who are happy with the present tyre specification. Personally, I enjoyed the uncertainty of Sunday's race - and I would not want to go back to the processions we saw during the Bridgestone era.
Maybe RBR should dial back some of their downforce, if that is the issue, to make their cars more tyre-friendly.

And Pirelli have stated that they can easily make tyres to similar spec as the Bridgestones if processional races are now wanted - other than the de-lamination problem, I just wish they would stand their ground for the rest of this year

Rt - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:34 PM

As I said in the other tyre article. 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.

nealio - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:47 PM

Hembrey was very forthright in his statements about testing. The FIA asked Pirelli for tires to entertain and then didn't allow proper testing for Pirelli to really develop the tires. So it ends in tears and bernie blathering on in his flippant manner doesn't change the fact that the blame is on the FIA who once again have demonstrated a total lack of technical understanding concerning the engineering and development of tires. And then they leave Pirelli twisting in the wind, unbelievable!

nealio - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:54 PM

AND, all this drama is misdirecting us from the real problem in the F1 technical regulations, the total reliance on aerodynamics to be the competitive differentiator.
When the FIA and the teams finally address this 800 lb. gorilla they will stop needing the tire manufacturer(s) to manufacture "entertainment" in F1.

JJJ - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 5:30 PM


Agreed for the most part. If we'd see real engine competition again and one of the manufacturers would manage to build a far superior engine the races would still be boring in terms of competitiveness. However I do agree that the focus on aero competition doesn't do F1 any favours...the cars have now got far too much downforce relative to HP. It's kinda like Euroseries F3 (when that was still relevant) where there was almost no overtaking at all in the end.

And so we end up with castrated tyres to bunch the field up and DRS to pass. Again I still prefer this over boring Newey world domination but, some 900 HP firebreathing monsters with a lot less downforce...Now that, would be sweet.

Pepin - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 5:44 PM




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