F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: Is Pirelli right to make changes?

With tyres, rather than the racing, being the conversation of choice in F1 circles at present, Pirelli has said that it will alter its tyres for Canada and beyond. But is that the right decision?

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simon yong - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 12:08 PM

Is F1 about making everything to suit one team, and the rest struggling to chase them.
Please don't forget that F1 is about Team-work, Strategies and Efficiencies 3 or more stops are more interesting then less, there'll be more activities around the track especially in the pits. Its very boring to see follow the leader in any sport.

whizzo - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 12:32 PM

I agree with RC51 i think these tyres have done more damage to pirelli than f1 they should know that after f1 they got to convince customers to buy they tyres not one of those tyres on my vehicle.

garth - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 12:46 PM

let we see what happen next .... with more durable tyre and not compensate to speed... racing will be more interesting.... no gambling anymore...


May 16, 2013 12:48 PM

Pirelli profits are DOWN 40% in 2012, despite increased sales in china (big new car explosion). so it appears that they are not getting any benefit from f1.
would I use Pirelli on my road car? probably, as the p zero is quite a good tyre, but if I wanted a tyre for racing....no way!

Nanbawan - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 2:14 PM

Feels a bit like a knee jerk reaction to the situation in one particular GP if you ask me and it punishes Lotus for making the best job with what they had.

Will F1 modify its rules after every grand prix so that the ones who lobby and complain the most are happy ?

Texas Roadhouse

May 16, 2013 6:01 PM

Have used Diablo's on my Ducati for years - lovely tyres and seem to suit the bike.
But see Boullier's comments today - he's upset and rightly so. If changes are to be made, they should be at the season's end, not just because one or more teams are "miffed" that their car doesn't work with them.

As for Pirelli's profits (richard), looking at their press release (March 11th), there's no mention of reduced profits - quite the opposite - both overall, and for the tyre division - check Pirelli.com.


May 16, 2013 7:00 PM
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morgan. autocar "Pirelli reported a Q1 drop in profits, of 41.7% compared to last year together with a drop of 8.5% in turnover.........but good growth in china. hembery pointed out that financial results could be better balanced if money spent on the sport was used for other purposes"! make what you want of all that. a pull out in the offing????

but as for changes to be made? last year, a number of changes were required mid season. red bull twice had to modify their cars, which had already been passed as legal, and this year, macca have had to alter their car too, but it had not been passed when they were asked to modify. and they could not use their new front wing as fia did not have a test rig with them!

Eugenio Herrmann - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 12:01 AM

Last year Pirelli tested their new compounds only once in FP1 at the last GP, What for? For this drama?

One day Pirelli say one thing and the next day they have changed their mind, it is impossible working this way.

But nevertheless there are teams that have been able to handle this situation.

I think it is not fair for teams (Ferrari, Lotus) that have found how to manage these "tyres", but the inteligence and imagination have no limits and they will make the "new tyres" work even better because they will last more.

Testing should return to F1. If teams, tyre supplier and engine supplier can not test on track how the hell they will know what will happen. Testing using only computers and very expensive software?

Field Testing is basic in any process including scientific.

Would somebody take a medicine that has not been tested?

At the end, testing is less expensive and less dangerous than no testing and what is happening with tyres is the proof.

If there are teams that do not wa

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