F1 » Horner welcomes Pirelli announcement

Red Bull boss Christian Horner insists that the changes being made by Pirelli to its F1 tyre supply are for the 'good of the sport'

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Luke - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 1:58 PM


Look at the race lap times then compare it to 2010 when they had bridgestones, they are around 3 seconds slower and thats with cars that are aerodynamically about 3-4 seconds slower then todays cars.

Which suggests that everyone is crawling in the race, the only difference is some can crawl faster.


May 15, 2013 2:04 PM

john bb. do you really read the statements and other sites? if so, you will note a number of things....rbr never approached Pirelli. rbr have actually won races with these tyres. merc stands to gain the most from the change. macca will also gain. Pirelli admitted that they got it wrong. fia stated that the wear exceeded their requirements etc etc
still, its obvious that you don't like rbr and will blame them anyway

Texas Roadhouse

May 15, 2013 4:10 PM

richard - both Mateshitz and Marko have complained about the present tyres, as well as Horner - quite understandably, as they seem to penalise rbr more than other teams. But surely the onus is on them (rbr) to make changes to their car to better handle the requirements of the present rubber, rather than put pressure on Pirelli to change the spec. If, post Canada, the GP's revert back to more processional and predictable racing, irrespective of which team benefits the most will we get more complaints over the tyres? Better they remain "as is" for this year, and re-jig them for next year along with all the other changes. Ferrari showed you can win by going flat-out and pitting more often. Maybe RBR should have followed the same plan?


May 15, 2013 4:19 PM

morgan. yes marko and mateschitz may have been quoted about the tyres, but brawn and whitmarsh have also made comments, as have drivers, past champions, pundits, ecclestone etc etc. even Pirelli themselves have said that they it wrong so where is the point in singling one team out for abuse? Pirelli state that red bull have NOT complained to them. do you not believe him?
remember last year when Ferrari were saying the tyres didn't suit them? there was not the same amount of vitriol then, was there?
McLaren are currently coming in for abuse and I defend them too.
if somebody does not like a team for whatever reason, that is their prerogative, but I don't see any need for such abuse and false comments, do you?

Texas Roadhouse

May 15, 2013 4:38 PM

My point is that the tyres are what they are and teams should deal with them rather than voice complaints (I believe Raikkonen also made the same comment). Pirelli also commented that they could easily make tyres to have the same characteristics of the old Bridgestone era, but that they were just following the customer's orders (the FIA). Certainly the comments from rbr have attracted more attention than those from other teams - they are, after all, the current champions, so one would expect this - and maybe as champions their voices carry more weight. But, should the revised tyres result in RBR returning to their dominant position, you can be sure that there will be a wave of complaints about the fairness (or lack of), of the changes. And whilst they (rbr) might not have complained directly to Pirelli, they have made their feelings known in the public domain - which is probably a more effective way of getting your message across.

rob01 - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 4:55 PM

you can easily look through Richards comments and find where he says the tires are the same for all. and that whoever works them best will be rewarded. now that tune has totally changed. of course that was when the bulls had them under control.

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