F1 » Lotus: Pirelli choices ‘make no sense’

Tyre supplier criticised for going 'too conservative' on compound choice for the races at Silverstone, Nurburgring and Hungaroring.

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June 16, 2013 11:08 PM

Lotus is not designed to be easy on its tires, it's just slower by a few tenths and lacks the down-force to stress them, which makes the tires last longer. Lotus was howling at the moon about all teams being provided the same tires, to quit whining - which suited them as long as the tires favored them. Well, now the shoe is on the other foot, and guess whose wimping now. As other teams have stepped up their performance on the tires issued, the Lotus advantage of one less stop per race has evaporated. The use of Medium and Hard (roughly equal to last seasons Soft and Medium) on top of Red Bull, Merc. and Ferrari progress will expose Lotus pace for what it was - smoke and mirrors and Kimi skill hiding a slow-ish car - not superior chassis design to suit the tires at all.


June 17, 2013 6:56 AM

palindrome1H: "Lotus just doesn't like it because they only stand a chance when everyone else's tyres are shredding."

Dude, its not their fault that they designed the car's to adapt better to the given tires. Why punish teams who got it right?


June 17, 2013 6:58 AM


Lotus are moaning because they have worked hard initially to make their car adapt to the tires better than others. Why take their hard work and advantage away from them?


June 17, 2013 8:45 AM

zib, "Why take their hard work and advantage away from them? "

I thought the whining and groaning about tyres had come to an end when Pirelli announced they were keeping the compounds for this year's tyre range. Let me make it clear, tyre compounds will not be changed. NO CHANGE.

To quote Kimi Raikkonen,"we've seen some great racing so far this year and Pirelli can take some of the credit for this. We are all allocated the same tyres, so it's up to us as teams and the drivers in the cars to make the most of them".

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