F1 » Boullier hits out at Pirelli move

Lotus boss Eric Boullier hits out at Pirelli's decision to alter its F1 tyres after five races of the 2013 season

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May 17, 2013 8:13 PM
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richard fully agree with that, so lewis hamilton for example finds himself in the fastest car, but everyone attributes mercedes performances to a car with flawed design characteristics, red bull on the other hand are crying because of the tyres !!! struggling relative to alonso (specifically), the clue is in the three races where alonso hasnt suffered any car breakages and he has beaten vettel everytime doing the same number of pit stops as Seb

Fastlane66 - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 8:19 PM

Why do they worry about the Tires change?
The tyres will be same as before or may be worst for every teams. I'll wait and see how much more Marbles on the track than before.


May 17, 2013 8:44 PM

sky are reporting now that pirelli are to change the construction of their tyres, (back to last years kevlar) and leave the compounds. so all teams will be lumbered with finding new set-ups to cope with softer sidewalls. this is of course, if fia allow this reversion. so it looks as if the change to steel belting was the architect of the delaminating and overheating problems. lets hope it puts all teams on a more equal footing and we can get back to some proper racing.


May 18, 2013 1:01 AM

After over 40 years following F1 I think this is the final straw for me. I want to watch real racing, not a contrived spectacle. Unfortunately there are no other real alternatives televised in Australia so I will have to make do with just bikes now.

Bugoy - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 5:18 PM

Lotus has every right to complain. as both them and ferrari stand to lose the gains they made in designing their cars. but there is also an argument what if the change in tires will better suit them than hinder them?

TheTruth - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 10:04 PM

This is all b*llshit.Why to change the tyres u gave to the teams as a reference point to base their car's design on? I think they try very hard to help some teams and specifically red bull. In 2011 they banned the diffuser and Ferrari stormed to victory. Next race they brought it back...if Lotus and Ferrari managed to understand the tyres better than the rest applause to them and shame to the rest.Dont touch the tyres damn it!


May 19, 2013 7:28 AM

Changing the tyres construction at the 7th race of the season to put all teams in a more equal position because some teams weren't up to the job in making their cars looks after the tyres is nothing less than moving the goal posts.
The rules don't allow this change unless on safety reasons and the supposedly experienced SKY commentators and some of the more intelligent posters from on here are supposed to know this, including that it amounts to changing the goal posts.
The new for 2013 tyre was agreed on with all teams, all teams had the same information/data/samples/testing time on these tyres, those that did a better job should not be penalized, those that messed themselves up should be left to try harder in solving their problem and not be thrown a live saver to the determent of the others.

gulliball - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 9:36 AM

Monaco will see the last race where Lotus and Ferrari can win with good mechanical grip chassis.
Once the tyres are changed, RedBull will be back in charge, using lower tyre pressures to gain their advantage, which they cant exploit on the current tyre.
The tyres should not be altered, as Rules state this, unless safety is compromised.
Alonso is proving how good he is at adapting his driving to max out the car and tyre. Vettel has not done this, and
Hamilton cant cope with the 80% driving tyre.
Monaco will be a good race, but thereafter I am not so sure......
By the way look at the lead image in Autosport of the cars racing off the grid, and you can see who has the lowest tyre pressures just now...

BC - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 12:55 PM

Check out last years tyres, Ferrari and Lotus both had a handle on them as did most teams after they were modified for Spa. The racing then was far better, with less differentials between teams, so why keep the boring lottery we have now.
@ objective I totally agree with your comments I have been watching 2 & 4 wheel racing for 50+ years and find the current year approaching farce not furious.

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