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Ferrari joins Lotus in hitting out at Pirelli's decision to alter its tyres ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix

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May 17, 2013 8:41 PM

Going to last year's construction will be in breach of the rules unless they have agreement from all the teams.
Minimising delaminating doesn't require changing wall stiffness neither does changing the operating temperature.


May 17, 2013 9:08 PM

sunny. yes. I don't understand it. I presume that sky have received some info on this, but it does seem odd. a cars aero is designed to compress the tyres enough to provide optimum ride height. soften the sidewalls, and the car will be pushed lower, spoiling the carefully calculated aero. who knows who will benefit or be affected b this, if it happens?

maybe the earlier revision to compounds was an initial reaction, which clearly didn't work and they have no alternative to revert to 2012 tyres?

The Engineer - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 10:15 PM

It appears that Pirelli have been made aware of Article 12.6.3, and have come to their senses - "Paul Hembery suggested on Friday that revisions were likely to be small" and following discussions with the FIA primarily aimed at preventing de-lamination - degradation is not perceived as a problem.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 10:38 PM

it would seem the sidewall compression probably has more to do with the weight on any particular corner of a car, and the tire pressure, and lateral loading. Aero is a good way to increase the contact patch and give you more grip at higher speeds.

Unfortunately Pirelli have designed a tire that seems to limit the effective performance of the tire by punishing people who run higher downforce. Guy's like Ferrari who have been having problem with their aero probably welcome the new spec of tire :)

Red Bull and Mercedes probably got caught out at Barcelona, Lotus, understanding their own 2010 car would have had a clear direction in defining their car for this year, and Alonso, formerly of Renault, and also with a team that has quite a bit of influence in F1. Maybe Kubica + Mercedes can help development, not sure he will really understand the car unless hes actually in it feeling the loading effects tho.

Michael T - Unregistered

May 18, 2013 4:54 AM

Had enormous respect for Red bull and Christian Horner till now. After this saga, this was thrown out of the window. All they did was to create a huge PR uproar instead of working around the issue. Unlike Lotus who have complained (rightly so) but stated that will work around any potential issues with new tyres.

whitew - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 11:55 AM


Not looking for Red Bull to dominate, just want old fashioned racing and 4 stops is ridiculous. Not racing for half the race to preserve tyres is not true racing, its more of a farce.

I agree with other people the only two to really complain are Ferrari and Lotus. Most other teams are unhappy about the tyre situation.

If it was down to me I would get rid of KERS and DRS aswell because I also feel that they spoil races.

Back to basic and real racing again guys................

michael fornarina - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 6:38 PM

Some people saying - 'Pirelli got it wrong' with teams making 4-pit stops when they wanted 2-3 pits stops is a bit of a red-herring as Barcelona is notoriously hard on tires -- and Vettel as pointed out won Barcelona in 2011 on a 4-stopper -- Raikkonen won the 1st race in Australia on a 2 stop strategy and Alonso came in 2nd on a 3-stop strategy.. so on balance of 5 races .. it sounds to me as if Pirelli GOT IT RIGHT -- and Barcelona was an anomaly? (an exception) The de-lamination issue is what they got wrong and must fix -- but other than that.. Redbull stop crying and race!

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